Pet Safety for the 4th


 Who doesn’t love a good fireworks show?  The colorful lights, the sounds, it’s how we celebrate our country’s independence… 

 But not everyone likes the celebration.   

Elise Trinaystich formed the Facebook page:  559 Lost and Found Pets.  An open page that allows local people to post when they’ve found a pet or have lost one.  It’s a great way to reunite lost pets with their owners.  She says the 4th is frightening to pets. ” Dogs believe it’s the end of the world.  Unfortunately, they don’t understand like we do it’s something that’s a celebration–  It’s something that’s fun,” she says..   

Trinaystich says the postings always pick up before and after the July 4th holiday.  ” Right now is our busy time.  It’s started actually over the weekend where we’re having a big influx of lost and found pets,” she says.

The noise associated with fireworks can be frightening to dogs and cats.  If they’re left outside, some run away and hide.  Many end up at the Central California S-P-C-A– Where it’s not unusual for as many as 200 lost pets turn up by the time the celebrations are done.

According to CCSPCA spokesman Walter Salvari, “Unfortunately people already started buying the fireworks and all the noise out there and the dogs get scared.”

Salvari recommends pet owners keep their pets inside on the fourth with plenty of distractions.  ” You definitely want to make sure there’s some noise– tv or radio — and have them locked in a confined area away from windows or a sliding door that they can run through which we have seen here in the valley,” he says.

 It’s good advice dog owner Ryan Prince will follow with his year old dog name Nommy   “Probably just bring em into the house.  Turn on a loud movie so that way it’s more natural for them .  Or at least they’re more used to it,” Prince says.

Simple precautions to keep the holiday fun and safe for everyone.

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