The Hawaiian Humane Society reminds people that 4th of July celebrations can frighten pets and they may become lost if outdoors.
"Fireworks noise and lights can be scary for animals," says Jacque LeBlanc, Hawaiian Humane Society Director of Community Relations. "Keeping your animals indoors will keep them safe. More importantly, people should have their pets microchipped and keep their current contact information on file with the Humane Society in the event of a lost pet."
The Humane Society encourages the following precautions:
- Ensure that your pets have identification. If your pet doesn’t have identification or you don’t file a lost report with the Humane Society, there is a chance your pet will be adopted into a new home.
Animals found running at-large should be taken to the Humane Society’s 24-hour animal admissions, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. The Humane Society is the database for Oahu pet microchip information. Call your veterinarian to microchip your pet. All through July the Hawaiian Humane Society has partnered up with vet clinics around the island. These clinics are waiving the cost of the doctor’s visit and are only charging $10 to microchip your pet. Go to HawaiianHumane.org for a list of all participating clinics.
Call the Humane Society at 346-2228 immediately if your pet is lost and file a lost report. Having current photos of your pet is also helpful. For dogs, a license is proof of ownership and should be attached to his collar.
- Keep your companion animal in a safe place indoors. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed on. Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide him or her with some companionship while you’re attending the picnics and parades. If you can’t keep your pet indoors, consider keeping him in an enclosed garage.
- If possible, do not leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain.
- If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. Do not give your pets tranquilizers without consulting a vet.
- Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don’t enjoy the holiday’s noisy spectacles.
On Oahu, the Hawaiian Humane Society is the only animal welfare organization that shelters, rescues, adopts and welcomes animals all day, and every day. We protect animals from abuse, find families for homeless pets, and teach children about compassion for animals. As an independent nonprofit that receives no funding from other mainland animal welfare organizations such as HSUS and ASPCA, 100 percent of donations stays in the islands for the benefit of Hawaii's animals and people.
For more on the Humane Society, visit hawaiianhumane.org. The website features a list of all programs, upcoming events and a selection of photos of animals that are immediately available for adoption.