Fireworks Are No Fun for Pets

The City’s Department of Animal Services wants to remind pet owners of the stress that is caused by fireworks. Please be sure to make this Independence Day fun and safe for your pets by following some simple steps.

PLAN AHEAD
Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the registration has your current address and phone number. In addition, make sure your dog is wearing a license tag. These two simple steps can help reunite families if a pet is lost.

You can contact any of L.A. Animal Services Shelters and schedule an appointment to have your companion microchipped. The cost for the public is $25.00 per animal. Most veterinary clinics also offer microchipping.

KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets inside. If you are having guests over, keep pets in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.

KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.

ADOPT AND HELP SAVE MORE ANIMALS
The Fourth of July is traditionally a busy time for shelter staff with the sudden influx of lost and frightened animals. If you are considering adopting, please visit a shelter to adopt, or consider fostering a great dog or cat.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell serves as the vice chair of the City's Personnel and Animal Welfare committee. During this past year, the Councilmember directed policy that bans snares and traps that maim or kill our urban wildlife. He also worked with Animal Services on a pilot program for free spay and neuter vouchers in the 13th District. A complete list of policy highlights can be found here.

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