Ringing in the New Year is a fun and exciting time we humans enjoy, but it can be terrifying to our pets. PHS offers the following recommendations to help keep your pet secure:
- Do not take your pets with you to watch fireworks.
- Keep your pet inside during celebrations. Many cats and dogs are frightened by the loud noises of fireworks and will be happier safely confined at home. Playing a radio may help diffuse the loud noise of fireworks.
- Be certain that your pet’s identification is current. Update your pet’s microchip information if necessary. A visible form of identification is the best way to ensure that your pet can be returned home to you.
- If you think your pet may become extremely agitated or stressed, consult your veterinarian and discuss the possibility of sedatives or overnight boarding. You may wish to call an animal behavior specialist to work with your pet, but do this well in advance.
- If your pet runs away, search the kennels of the shelter closest to you. Many shelters post photos of the animals that come into their facility on their website. PHS’ website,www.pasadenahumane.org, is updated hourly so that lost animals may be quickly reunited with their lost owners. Post signs and visit nearby shelters for at least the next month. Animals can run a long way when they are badly frightened.
- If your cat is lost, it may stay in hiding for several days or weeks, so leave plenty of food and fresh water outside your door. (Pick it up at night so you don’t attract unwanted wild animals.) Post signs and check your local and neighboring shelters in person and on line; your description of your pet may fit several animals in the shelter.
The shelter will be closed on New Year's Day. If you have an animal emergency, contact us at 626.792.7151 ext. 102. Glendale residents please call toll-free 818.240.9100
The staff and animals at the Pasadena Humane Society want to wish you the very best New Year!