The Hawaiian Humane Society wants to remind the public that Fourth of July celebrations can frighten pets and they may become lost if outdoors.
They are offering these safety tips:
- Ensure that your pets have identification. If your pet doesn’t have identification or you don’t file a lost report with the Humane Society, there is a chance your pet will be adopted into a new home.
- Animals found running at-large should be taken to the Humane Society’s 24-hour animal admissions.
- Keep your companion animal in a safe place indoors. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed on. Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide him or her with some companionship while you’re attending events. If you can’t keep your pet indoors, consider keeping him in an enclosed garage.
- If possible, do not leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain.
- If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. Do not give your pets tranquilizers without consulting a vet.
- Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don’t enjoy the holiday’s noisy spectacles.
Click here to visit the Hawaiian Humane Society website.