Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pet

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and loved ones, but it can be a stressful and dangerous time for your family pet. Now that the holidays are upon us, the SPCA would like to offer the following tips to help keep your pet safe. Don’t spoil the holiday season with an unnecessary medical emergency.

  • Hang breakables, tinsel, and other tempting decorations well out of paw’s reach. Tinsel, ribbon, and ornaments are especially dangerous to pets if chewed and swallowed.
  • Place holiday plants out of pet’s reach. Some seasonal plants can be poisonous, including mistletoe, holly berries, and poinsettias.
  • Watch out for electrical cords. Pets, especially puppies, often try to chew them and may get badly burned, shocked or electrocuted. Make sure your strands of lights, loose wires, and extension cords are out of reach.
  • Metal ornament hooks can get caught in curious mouths. Make sure ornaments are securely attached, and that no unused hooks are left around the house.
  • A Christmas tree should stand on a flat, wide base. Cats often see trees as excellent climbing posts, so be sure they are secured and not easily tipped over. Whether your tree is live or artificial, both kinds of needles are indigestible.
  • Cover your tree stand tightly with skirting. The water from the tree base can cause mouth sores, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
  • Refrain from using edible ornaments on your tree. They can pose an irresistible temptation for some pets.
  • Keep your pets away from holiday treats, especially chocolate. Theobromine and caffeine, active ingredients found in chocolate, are toxins and can be fatal to some animals.
  • Pets and candles just don’t mix. Keep Menorahs and scented candles out of reach.
  • If you plan to entertain, provide a “safe haven” to which your pets can retreat when they get overly excited and there is a possibility of escape.
  • If you are going away for the holidays: make sure pet enclosures are secure, your pets are wearing proper identification, and arrangements have been made for their care.

Featured Dog- Cubby

He is a sweet, quiet guy that does well with adults but not children. He will need a home with no children. He loves to play fetch, knows sit, does well on a leash, and is house-trained. Cubby is black with white on the ends of his toes. He is about 5 1/2 years old.

Other available dogs

Peanut- Senior border collie/beagle blend. He will do best in a quiet home. Loves going for walks. He is a volunteer favorite. You need to meet him one on one to appreciate this dog.


Fera- Her owner could not keep her do to a move. Fera is a happy 5 year old. She likes being with people and would prefer to be the only dog in the home. She does well on a leash and loves playing with toys.


Koda- Extra large boy. Is on diet and exercise program. Has lost over 20 pounds since coming to shelter. Loves being with people., going for long walks and playing with toys.

Featured cat- Sunny

Sunny was found as a stray. She once had an owner as she has marks from wearing a collar. She is very friendly and wants to be with people all the time. She loves to snuggle and be held. She is a beautiful silver gray color with bright yellow/green eyes.

Other available cats

Lover is a senior cat looking for quiet home where he can have a soft place to rest and lots of pets. Would do better as a single cat. Beautiful seal point Siamese. 

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.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information.  and


Dear Santa,

I’ve been pretty good this year. Please won’t you grant me my holiday wish? I’ve tried to be patient. But I’m still waiting for someone to love me. Could you bring me a new best friend who will play with me, teach me new things, cuddle me, and help me to be the best dog ever? They don’t have to be perfect. As long as they love me, I will believe that they’re the most wonderful person in the world. And I promise to love them with my whole heart forever.

Make a list and check it twice- getting a pet from the Mesquite Animal Shelter makes the holidays twice as nice

Tail Wags, purrs and Kisses,  from the animals at the Mesquite Animal Shelter.