Pet owners should start preparing for the fireworks now, shelters say

Fireworks are often the highlight of many July 4th celebrations. But not all residents, especially pets, appreciate bombs that go off in the air.

Thousands of animals go missing every year around Independence Day, with July 5 widely known as the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Last year, the Animal Foundation collected 412 stray animals between July 1 and July 10.

Only 23% were then returned to their owners, said foundation spokesperson Kelsey Pizzi.

“We have placed a lot of animals in the shelter in foster homes to help free up space because we know what’s going to happen,” Pizzi said. “We know we’re going to have hundreds of animals.”

Pet preparations

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society officials said now is the time for pet owners to start preparing for the fireworks.

Richard Villa, president of the Humane Society, encouraged owners to speak with their veterinarian and find out if any medications might be right for their pets. Trazodone, an antidepressant, is often recommended to relax dogs amid the loud bangs of fireworks.

Anti-anxiety jackets called “Thundershirts” are also an option, which apply gentle pressure on an animal – similar to swaddling a baby – and can help dogs feel calmer.

“If you don’t have a Thundershirt, use a T-shirt and wrap it around them,” Villa recommended.

Additional tips include:

– Keep your pet indoors during fireworks.

– Provide easy access to food and water.

– Locking the doors.

– Place the animals in a comfortable environment.

Villa also suggested being careful opening doors around pets while the fireworks are going off.

“You have to be very aware because they are so scared that they don’t know which way to run,” Villa said.

Villa said he places his dogs in a cool place, such as a tub in a bathroom, then turns on a fan and plays classical music to help block out the noise of the fireworks. Dog owners can also try the Relax My Dog YouTube Channel, which has nearly 700,000 subscribers.

If all else fails, Villa and Pizzi urged owners to make sure their pets are microchipped with the proper contact information.

If an animal gets lost

All lost animals collected in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas or Clark County are donated to the Animal Foundation. Animals brought in will be held there for 72 hours before being evaluated and put up for adoption.

The animal shelter will attempt to contact owners on multiple occasions, but will often have issues with outdated contact information.

“We ask people not only to have microchips and necklaces, but also to make sure these microchips have the correct contact information,” Pizzi said.

The Animal Foundation is shaking up recovery fees for lost animals between Thursday and July 10. The waived fees cover the costs of impounding, boarding, rabies vaccination, sterilization and sterilization and microchipping. Fees will not be waived for animals that have been confiscated by Animal Control.

Owners must bring veterinary records, proof of rabies vaccine and a photo of their animal to collect pets.

Before going to the shelter, Pizzi recommended researching your neighborhood and talking with nearby residents. She cited a recent study who found 70 percent of stray dogs were found within a mile of their home and 42 percent were found within 400 feet.

“I can attest to that,” Pizzi said. “My dog ​​escaped last year and she was only two doors away, so it wouldn’t make sense for this person to drive her 20 minutes to the Animal Foundation.”

Pet owners can also use Pet Love Lost, a searchable national database that uses facial recognition to help locate lost dogs and cats.

the Foundations Department of the Animal Foundation is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 655 North Mojave Road. Call 702-955-5932 or email [email protected]

Contact Mathew Miranda at [email protected] To pursue mathewjmiranda on Twitter.

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