The New Year is one of the busiest times for animal shelters around the country. Loud noises, fireworks, and even gunshots cause frightened pets to run away in search of safe shelter. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is asking pet owners to keep their pets safe this holiday by providing the following tips.
Identification: Current identification is your pet’s best ticket home. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with current ID tag and dog license. Microchip your pet, and be sure the information on the microchip is updated when you move or get a new phone number.
Noise: Fireworks, banging pots and pans and loud screams are all common ways to ring in the New Year. If your pet is sensitive to sounds, try playing calming music, essential oils, or pick up a Thundershirt at the PHS Shelter Shop.
Indoors: The safest place for your pets on New Year’s Eve is inside your home. Dogs and cats scared by loud noise are more likely to run away.
Party Animal: Are you throwing a New Year’s Eve party this year? Keep your pets in mind by creating a “pet zone” away from the human revelry. Choose a quiet space in your home with your pet’s favorite toys and treats and try playing soft music to help ease nerves. If you can’t lock the door, remind guests not to enter with sign on the door.
Food and Drink: It’s always best to stick to pet food as any change in your pet’s diet can cause tummy trouble. Never give your pet alcohol! Have a veterinarian on speed dial in the event your pet gets into some party snacks.
PHS animal control officers will be on the lookout for lost and scared pets throughout the extended holiday. If your pet gets lost, visit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA daily and fill out a lost report in our office. Regularly check the animal listings on pasadenahumane.org. The online list is updated hourly. Get your pet chipped at the Pasadena Humane walk-in wellness clinic on Wednesdays and Saturdays and pick up an ID tag at organization’s Shelter Shop located at 361 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.
The Pasadena Humane Society will close on New Year’s Eve at 3:00 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, January 2 at 9:00 a.m. Animal control officers will be available around the clock for animal-related emergencies. Please call 626.792.7151 for assistance.
Have a safe and happy New Year!