FOOTHILLS ANIMAL RESCUE ASKS PET OWNERS TO R.E.S.O.L.V.E. TO PETS SAFE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Scottsdale, AZ – December 26, 2017 – The days following New Year’s eve celebrations are some of the busiest at animal shelters across the country. Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) offers the following tips to help keep pets safe this holiday …
R – RECHECK your pet’s ID today! Make sure his/her collar and ID tag are secure and that your contact information is correct. If you’ve moved or changed phone numbers, be sure the new information is on your pet’s tags. If your pet is micro-chipped, call the chip company and confirm that they have your current contact information.
E – Create a quiet ENVIRONMENT for your pet where he/she can retreat if the festivities get too loud. Consider putting your dog or cat in a spare bedroom or bathroom for the night. Make sure there is food, water, toys, bedding and a litter box for kitties.
S – Drown out the SOUNDS of fireworks and celebrations by turning on a radio or TV for your pet.
O – Do not leave your pet OUTDOORS on New Year’s eve. It is not uncommon for frightened pets to climb over or dig under fences in an attempt to escape the noise of fireworks.
L – Despite the warnings, many people take their pet with them to New Year’s eve fireworks displays. It’s best to LEAVE your dog at home. Even the calmest of pets can be scared by the crowds and loud noises.
V – If your pet does get out during the festivities, be sure to VISIT your local County shelter. By law, shelters must hold stray dogs for 72 hours. Once that time period is up, your pet may be put up for adoption or if sick or aggressive, he/she may be at risk for euthanasia.
E – Be EARNEST in the search for your lost pet. Don’t wait or postpone the search in anticipation of your lost dog or cat coming home on their own. Post signs in the neighborhood, put notices on Craig’s List and utilize lost pet Facebook pages such as Lost Dogs Arizona and Straydar.