Keep your pets safe this July 4th holiday

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News Date: 
June 15, 2017

Salinas Animal Services wants to remind residents to think about their pets safety as they make plans for the July 4th holiday.  Animal shelters across the nation take in record amounts of lost and scared pets around the forth of July each year, many of whom would have remained safely at home had their owners planned ahead and taken some basic precautions.

To protect your pet on the Fourth of July, Salinas Animal Services, along with the Humane Society of the United States, recommend that you take these precautions:

  • Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects, even death, in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
  • Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you have removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you are attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.
  • If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.
  • Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally would not leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
  • If you plan to go away for the holiday weekend, make plans to have someone look in on your pets so that it remains safe while you are away.

**If your pet does get lost from home, do not wait to look for it.  Search your local animal shelter as soon as you determine that your pet is lost.  Animals found lost within the City limits of Salinas will be taken to Salinas Animal Services located at 144 Hitchcock Road in Salinas (the second shelter on Hitchcock).  Hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday from 12-5pm. For more information, call 831-758-7285 or visit