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Watch out for pets during the Fourth of July fireworks | Regional Animal Services of King County

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It may be a good idea to keep pets indoors to prevent animals from running away during fireworks on the Fourth.

For those pets that do get away, additional volunteers will be on hand at the Regional Animal Services of King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent over the holiday weekend to help residents find lost pets.

Here's a list of tips for pet owners:

  • Keep your pet secured indoors in the quietest room of your home while fireworks are audible. You can also use soothing music or television as a distraction. Some pets will stay calmer when placed in a secure crate in a darkened, quiet room.
  • If your pet is normally kept outside, bring them inside or put them in a well-ventilated garage or shed or in a basement while fireworks are going off.
  • Make sure your pet has at least two forms of identification. This can be a pet license and personalized tag, a license and a microchip, or all three (license, tag, and microchip). Pets with ID have a much greater chance of being returned to their owners.
  • Don't assume that your pet won't react just because you haven't had problems in the past. Sometimes, pets become sensitive to loud noises later in life.
  • If your pet is lost, check in person at all local shelters, and check back often. It may take some time before spooked pets are brought to shelters.

 

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