Animal Services reminds pet owners about animal safety during Fourth of July

Orange County, NC (July 2, 2018) - Orange County Animal Services wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July holiday and reminds pet owners to take extra precautions in keeping pets safe during festivities. Each year, many animals are lost during Independence Day celebrations. 

The following tips will help keep your pets safe during these celebrations:

  • Make sure your pets are wearing updated identification and that their microchip company has current phone numbers on file. Microchipped pets wearing updated tags have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. 
  • Be sure you have current photos of your pets on hand in case your pets get lost. The photo should show as much of the body and face as possible and it should be clear and bright.
  • Keep pets inside if at all possible. Bring indoor/outdoor cats and dogs inside during all times when fireworks and other festivities may be taking place. Even if you think your yard is secure, frightened pets often find ways to escape secure places, and a tied-up dog may injure itself trying to get away. 
  • Walk dogs before the fireworks start. Tiring out your dog with a nice long walk or game of fetch can help them relax and stay calm through the noise. Leave the TV or radio on to distract pets; soothing noise may help keep them calm.
  • Never bring your pets to a fireworks display. Pets have very sensitive hearing, and fireworks can cause pets to have anxiety and act differently. For their safety and the safety of others, please leave your pets at home. If your dog or cat is especially noise-sensitive, consider having someone stay home with them.

If your cat or dog does get lost, please file a lost report immediately with Animal Services.

You may also call or visit Orange County Animal Services right away. The Animal Services Center will be closed on July 4, but open for regular operating hours starting July 5.

Always check several times for lost pets, as it may take multiple days for pets to arrive at the shelter. We also suggest posting flyers in your neighborhood with a current photo of your pet and a phone number where you can be reached. For more information about Orange County Animal Services, including hours of operation and photos of pets recently found or brought into the shelter, please visit our website.