The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and this means the holiday fireworks can frighten you per, so follow these steps to keep your pet safe and sound
4th of July celebrations might be a lot of fun for people, but they can be downright scary for our animals, especially cats, dogs and horses. Celebrate the fourth, but please leave your pets safely indoors at home.
The Animal Shelter traditionally pick up more strays a week prior, during, and the week following the 4th of July than any other time of year, primarily because pets are so frightened by fireworks. To help keep your animals from becoming overly stressed this 4th of July, consider the following tips:
- Leave your pets at home! Do not take your pets to fireworks displays. Pets and fireworks are a dangerous combination. Fireworks and the loud noises can terrify your pet, causing it to bolt and run away.
- Don’t leave pets unattended outside. Don’t leave pets outside not even in a fenced yard or tied up or in a car. Dogs may try to dig out of yards. Dogs trying to escape the noises can become panicked, scale fences they never did before, or injure themselves by becoming entangled in ropes. They can end up lost miles from home, suffer heat exhaustion, or get hit by a car.
- Exercise pets early in the day. Take your dog for a walk early in the day before the fireworks start, so it will be tired and ready for a snooze when all the excitement begins. And make sure it’s had a chance to go potty, to avoid an accident in the house later.
- Keep pets safely indoors in a quiet place. Put your pet in a quiet room, away from outside sounds. Shut the windows, close the curtains or window blinds and use your air conditioner or a fan. Turn on the TV or radio to provide a normal sound to help drown out the noise from the fireworks. If you know your pet has a history of anxiety around loud noises, consult your vet before the holiday. Your vet may prescribe a mild tranquilizer to help keep your pet calm.
- Make sure dogs and cats are wearing an ID tag or license. Finally, make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with your current address and phone number, and a dog license so we can return it to you, if it should get lost.
If your pet does become lost
- Check the neighborhood (or area where the pet became lost), as pets have been known to be found close to home even several days later. Put up signs with your pet’s photo and your phone number.
- Contact your microchip registration company. Once notified, they may activate a lost pet recovery network and/or place your lost pet on a “hot sheet.”
- Contact your veterinarian. If your pet is wearing a rabies tag, the number can be traced to your veterinarian.
- Contact animal control in your area. If possible, visit them daily to see if your pet has been brought in.
- Place a lost pet ad in your local newspaper and/or online.
- Check the paper daily for “found pet” ads.
Featured dog- Ruby
If you’re looking for a sensible companion during the day, an exercise buddy who’s happy to take things at a leisurely pace, and someone to curl up with to watch TV in the evening, then Ruby is your perfect match.. Although older, she is energetic and would need to have daily activity. Ruby needs to go on a diet and get rid of some unwanted pounds. She prefers the company of humans over that of other animals. She would do best as the only dog in the home.
Other available dogs
At this time there are no other dogs available
Featured cat- Bud and Kelly
Beautiful “spotted” tabby kittens. They are a lovable pair, best friends, and have always been together, and like to cuddle with one another. Sweet, but shy, they may take a little time to warm up at first. It’s nothing but a little bit of leftover skittishness from being a stray, and being their own. It has left them with shyness around new people and strange surroundings BUT every day they becoming more and more outgoing. They love to play together with toys, the tunnel, climbing trees and feather wands.
Other available cats
Meg – Female white/calico Loves to watch the world go by and loves to be brushed
Luna – Female Likes attention. Not a lap cat
Izzy – Female was found as a stray. She is small in size and is a very nice little cat.
Feisty – Male13 yr Black/ Has summer haircut. Extra large. Loves being petted and being with people. Super friendly.
Sabrina- Female Not lap cat but likes head pets. She just had spa day and was shaved for the summer. Quiet home no children or other cats please.
Jasmine- female Tortoiseshell Very talkative. Not a lap cat but loves attention and being with people. No other cats please.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER