TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Each year, Pima Animal Care Center gets slammed with lost and injured pets who become frightened by Fourth of July fireworks. With the holiday right around the corner, PACC offers tips to keep pets from becoming startled and launches an adoption special to make room for incoming strays.
Fourth of July week has become one of the busiest times of year for PACC. Last year, from July 4 to 8, PACC took in 169 stray pets and of those only 26 were claimed by their owners.
To reduce the number of pets who become lost during this time and reunite more of them with their families, PACC recommends pet owners follow these tips:
- Keep your pets inside during the fireworks.
- Make sure your pet wears proper up-to-date identification in case he becomes lost.
- Provide your pet with calming and distracting items, such as classical music, a ThunderShirt, or enrichment toys like a KONG filled with peanut butter.
- Get your pet microchipped beforehand and keep your contact info up to date.
Should you lose your pet in the days following the Fourth of July, please call PACC's Pet Support Center at (520) 724-7222. Also check PACC's Lost and Found Pets webpage and its Lost Pets Twitter feed frequently, as new pets arrive each day. To help reunite lost pets with their families, PACC will waive all redemption fees and only charge owners their pets license fee, when applicable.
Additionally, from July 5 – 6, No Kill Pima County will have a lost pet support booth at PACC from 10 a.m. to 1 pm and from noon to 3 p.m. on July 7. NKPC volunteers will provide free "lost pet" posters and offer owners guidance on finding their pet.
Lastly, to make room for incoming strays, PACC will reduce adoption rates to $4 for all pets, including puppies and kittens. The special runs through July 8. Adopted pets will come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and with a vet visit, too.
Potential adopters can look for a new pet at PACC's shelter seven days a week, from noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.