The loud noises and bright lights that make the Fourth of July so exciting for people can make it scary for pets. Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind as you celebrate:
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.
Do not leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape, get lost or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain.
Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don’t enjoy the holiday’s noisy spectacles.
Consult with your veterinarian before the holiday for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety.
The most important thing you can do is ensure that your pets have identification and update your contact information with us. If your pet does not have a microchip, you can visit one of the participating animal clinics during Microchip Madness in July to give your pet the gift of pet ID.
Should your pet become lost, immediately file a lost report. If you find an animal running at-large, bring them to our 24-hour admissions center, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
If you are looking for a new furry or feathered family member, please visit us from July 4 to 6 for our Priceless Pets adoption special. All adoption fees will be waived. We hope you have a Happy Fourth of July
Jocelyn Bouchard, CAWA is the Director of Operations for the Hawaiian Humane Society.