Protect Your Pets this 4th of July

Published 07/02 2014 01:55PM

Updated 07/02 2014 01:59PM

Fourth of July celebrations might be a lot of fun for people, but they can be frightening for our animals, especially cats, dogs and horses. The sights, sounds, and commotion of Independence Day can confuse animals and make them nervous, causing them to run away or place themselves in harmful situations. Please be a proactive responsible pet owner by following these tips:

Keep your animals safe:
  1. Place and identification tag on your animal or have your animal micro-chipped and registered.
  2. Keep pets indoors and away from crowds so that they feel more protected.
  3. Animals that are already crate trained may feel safest in their crate.
  4. Consider boarding your animals in a safe place that is farther away from the holiday action. If you plan to travel during this time, boarding your animal might be a better option than leaving it at home.
  5. Your veterinarian may choose to prescribe a sedative for your animal if it tends to become easily spooked by the fireworks. Remember that your animal must be seen by a veterinarian in order to receive any prescribed medications.
  6. If you have horses, be sure to keep them inside barns or corralled and away from the sound of fireworks.

If your pet does become lost:
  1. Check the area, as pets have been known to be found close to home even several days later. Put up signs with your pet's photo and your phone number.
  2. Contact your microchip registration company. Once notified, they may activate a lost pet recovery network and/or place your lost pet on a "hot sheet."
  3. Contact your veterinarian. If your pet is wearing a rabies tag, the number can be traced to your veterinarian.
  4. Come to the City of Abilene Animal Shelter at 925 S. 25th or look on our website ( to view all animals that have been brought in.
If you have any concerns or questions about helping your animal to make it calmly and safely through the 4th of July holiday, please talk to your veterinarian.

Animal Services is also extending their Adoption Sale through July, with $20 off the normal adoption fee.

During the sale dogs are only $60 to adopt, or only $20 if already spayed/neutered. Cats are $50 to adopt or only $20 if already spayed/neutered. This sale does not apply to the Cats at Petsmart.

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