Oh Dog! Rumpydog here!
I know I don’t have to tell YOU that The 4th of July is the time of year your dog or cat is most likely to go missing. And you know why too- fireworks!
But maybe your friends and family don’t know that, so please share this blog post with them!
Friends, I hope it never happens to you, but there could come a day when your beloved dog or cat goes missing! Even if you do everything right- keep cats inside, take your dogs out only into a fenced area or on a leash (and always supervised)-it could happen.
Best Friends Animal Society has a few tips to share with you to help keep your companion animals safe:
- Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a quiet room, close curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.
- Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including in your own yard or street, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.
- Ensure that pets are microchipped and wear current identification tags, just in case they accidentally get loose.
- If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check immediately and often with local animal shelters. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or emailing, as staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion. Kennel space is often limited around the 4th of July because so many pets panic, and some shelters are unable to hold animals extra time due to overcrowding.
That’s some good advice!
Now every one of you needs to go download the ASPCA’s new app for iPhone and Android that helps you finds a lost companion animal. The app allows you to store info about your pets, and if one goes missing, helps you build a flyer that you can easily share to social media sites! I downloaded it. You should too!
Remember, the first 24 hours are the most critical in locating a missing companion animal. So don’t wait around hoping he or she will “show back up.” Get to work!
Oh, and if you see a dog or cat that looks missing, help him or her find their way home.