Fourth of July 2015 Pet Safety Tips

Published : Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 11:04 AM

July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters due to all of the fireworks activities on July 4. Pets scared by Fourth of July fireworks may run away from their homes. Humane officers and concerned citizens bring many cats and dogs that are confused and exhausted to animal shelters.

The City of Pasadena urges everybody to help protect our animal companions and friends, especially during the Fourth of July. As a reminder, Pasadena is a Zero Tolerance City for all personal fireworks, including the so-called safe-and-sane variety. All such fireworks are illegal in Pasadena and in many communities throughout Los Angeles County. If you have fireworks, don’t use them–not only are they illegal, but they can cause harm to our animal friends.

The Pasadena Humane Society recommends the following tips to help keep your pet safe:

• Keep pets indoors during 4th of July celebrations.
• Mask the sound of fireworks by playing soothing music or turning on the TV. We carry a selection of music, and other calming products, for pets in the Shelter Shop!
• Do not take pets to watch fireworks and never use fireworks around pets.
• Be certain your pet’s ID tags are current. Update microchip information, if necessary. A visible form of identification is the best way to ensure that pets are returned home.
• If your pet runs away, search the kennels of your local shelter and post signs. PHS’ website,, is updated hourly so that lost animals may be quickly reunited with their owners.
• Motorists are advised to drive with extra caution during the Fourth of July as frightened animals and pet runaways can easily dart out in front of your car while trying to escape fireworks noise

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