Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2nd Annual Awareness Campaign - 4th of July Safety for Pets!

*****Share To Help Educate Pet Owners, Pet Lovers and Others !******

Statistically, 4th of July will be the busiest week at shelters. Thousands of animals will be brought in due to the fireworks. As new animals come in, especially an influx like this, many animals will have to be euthanized in order to make space. YOU can make a difference by helping to educate others by sharing the tips below. ONE person CAN save ONE life. It is tried and true! Social media has been an incredibly positive influence for animals. YOU *CAN* HELP.

Tips for 4th of July Safety

  • Make sure your pet has a collar with ID tags on. Check to make sure the ID tags have not faded nor worn in such a way that they will fall off.
  • If your pet is microchipped, make a quick call to the microchip company to check the following: a) Does the pet registration show that the pet is owned by you? b) Is your contact information up to date? If not, please make the changes needed. Yes, you will have to pay a fee to update the info. The fee will be a nominal charge should you ever be faced with the scenario that your pet is lost. 
  • If your pet is not microchipped, consider getting them microchipped. There are many wonderful programs throughout the country for lost cost microchips. Time is of the essence; please do not delay this decision. We cannot tell you how many times we have communicated with owners who wish their pet had been microchipped before becoming lost.
  • It is best to take your pets out on a leash (non-retractable). A fence will not necessarily keep your pet safe from harm if fear perseveres. We have seen postings of dogs that have dug underneath the fence. The non-typical jumping dog has jumped the fence to get away from the frightening sounds of fireworks. In St Louis, we shared a posting this week of a dog who bulldozed his way thru the fence because he was so scared. 
  • Your pet may have been fine with fireworks last year. However, just like people, personalities change as they get older. Hearing changes. Sight changes. Sensitivity to alarming sounds increase. 
  • Don't take chances with older pets. Keep them safe inside. Treat them with the same care you would for an elderly human. Keep an eye on them when they are outdoors.
  • If you are having a party, create a safe environment in the house for pets, perhaps a back bedroom or bathroom. You can also put a sign on the door asking guests to remain out of the room. Turn the music on to help drown out the sounds.
  • Be aware of how your pet is reacting to the sounds this year. If they look nervous, it is safest to keep them safe indoors.

Please lend a kind hand to any animal you see wandering. Call animal control if you do not feel comfortable to approach the animal. But, please be an advocate for the fur babies. They need our help. Just because an animal seems weary or skittish does not mean they have been abused. They may simply be frightened.

If you or someone you know does have a missing pet, please visit www.missingpetpartnership.org. They have great educational tips on how to find lost animals (we are not affiliated with this organization, however we are supporters and advocates of the information they share). Getting lost and found animals home takes a village. It takes a community working together.

Thank you for helping to spread the word of Pet Safety this holiday season! Happy 4th of July from all of us at Missouri Lost & Found Paws, Rolla, Missouri Lost & Found Paws, Reynolds, Shannon & Carter Counties, MO Lost & Found Paws, St. Francois & Iron Counties, MO Lost & Found Paws and St Louis, Missouri Lost & Found Paws.