FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2011
Make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for you and your pets! Big gatherings, loud noises, and startling fireworks are all the things we love about Independence Day – but they can very frightening for our pets. With a little planning and precaution, you can ensure that this Independence Day is enjoyable for everyone.
Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:
• KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.
• CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.
• KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.
• UPDATE IDENTIFICATION
The biggest risk of all this Independence Day is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode – sometimes even breaking through glass windows! Make sure your pets are microchipped and wearing identification tags. Call to confirm that the pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company have your current address and phone numbers.
The Seattle Humane Society offers $20 microchipping services for pets of income-restricted guardians, including national registration. Visit us at seattlehumane.org to learn more about our microchipping and licensing services and have your pets microchipped today! For more information visit www.seattlehumane.org.
New Extended Hours Just in Time for Summer Fun!
Can’t beat the summer rush hour traffic in time to visit us? The Seattle Humane Society is wagging worry away with new extended hours! Starting July 1, we’ll be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thur.-Sat. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Our new schedule is designed to work with yours so you can visit the furry kiddos up for adoption today at Seattle Humane.