The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is urging pet owners to take precautions during the upcoming July 4th celebrations and offering tips to help keep pets safe and secure.
PHS/SPCA urges people to consider the following tips to keep pets safe on and around the 4th of July:
- Don’t take pets to fireworks displays.
- While at home, keep pets inside a room in the house and make sure blinds or drapes are drawn. Leave a TV, radio or fan on to drown out the fireworks noise.
- Make sure pets have current identification and/or a microchip. This permanent form of identification -- implanted just under the animal’s skin -- will insure the animal can be identified even if their collar is missing. Microchips are available at PHS/SPCA, no appointment necessary for a small fee.
- If you know from past experiences that your pet will have severe anxiety caused by fireworks, talk to your veterinarian about giving your pet a mild tranquilizer.
- If you lose your companion animal in San Mateo County, please visit the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA on July 5th. This process must happen in person, as staff cannot positively identify animals over the phone.
In the event a pet becomes separated from his or her owner, PHS/SPCA asks the public to visit the Coyote Point shelter, located at 12 Airport Blvd in San Mateo. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday and 11 am to 6 pm on the weekends.
PHS/SPCA will be closed to the public on July 4th, although staff and volunteers will be providing animal care during the holiday.