year, hundreds of lost, frightened and confused pets are found by residents and
Animal Services officers. These numbers go up around July 4th. The
bright lights and noise of fireworks and other Fourth of July festivities that
humans enjoy so much can be scary and unnerving for pets.
County Dog Services offers the following tips to help people keep their dogs
and other pets safe during this noisy holiday period:
pets inside a closed, safe area (such as the basement or
bathroom) while fireworks are set off in the area. Turn on a radio or
television (that is not broadcasting a fireworks display) for background
sure your pet cannot run away if it is frightened.. Keep in
mind, for example, that dogs that normally would not jump a fence are more
likely to try to do so if frightened.
not take your pets to fireworks displays.
Although it is tempting to bring pets along on summer excursions as part
of the family, many pet owners report losing their pets while at fireworks
displays because the noise and lights have frightened the pet.
sure your dogs are licensed and wearing an identification
tag. If you need a license for a dog, go to http://www.clackamas.us/dogs/license.html
or call the county's Animal Adoption and Education Center at
503-655-8628. This will greatly increase the chances your dog will
be safely if it does get away.
your pet is lost, visit or call Clackamas County
Dog Services or visit our website to file a lost pet report. We are
located at 13141 SE Highway 212, Clackamas; and you can file a lost pet
report (or look for a lost pet) on our website at http://www.clackamas.us/dogs/lostnfound.html
Services staff also stress the need to take extra care of your pets during the
hot summer months, including providing extra water, not leaving pets in locked
cars (even with the windows open) and making sure pets have full-time access to
a cool room or shade.
more information, contact Diana Hallmark, 503-655-8628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.