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  • PACC offers tips on keeping pets safe this July 4

    Jul 01, 2015 | Read More News
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    It’s almost Independence Day, and Pima Animal Care Center wants to give its shelter pets a taste of liberty during its annual Fourth of July Community Dog Walk and Cat Crafting event scheduled from 8 to 9:30 a.m. .

    Chunks the DogAdditionally, PACC wants to bring awareness to the importance of helping keep all Pima County pets safe during the holiday. Nationally, shelters see more pets brought into the shelter on the days after July 4th than any other day, because the noise from fireworks cause pets to panic and run away.

    Because pet safety and public education are a top priority for PACC, to keep pets safe over the Fourth of July holiday it offers this advice:

    • Keep pets at home (instead of taking them to festivities).
    • Make sure pet ID tags are worn and licenses are up-to-date.
    • Give your pets a calm and secure place to stay, whether they are at home or traveling with you.
    • Turn on classical radio or the television to distract and soothe them.
    • Give dogs a large treat, such as a KONG toy stuffed with peanut butter, to provide a fun distraction.

    If your pet becomes lost, here’s what to do:

    • File a lost report with Pima Animal Care Center by calling 724-5900, ext. 3.
    • Check Craigslist and the lost pets section of the PACC website.
    • File a lost report with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (327-6088).
    • Ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet and hang fliers in your neighborhood.
    • Physically check local shelters at least every other day.
    • Leave food, water and a familiar item – such as your pet’s blanket, bedding or even a piece of your own personal clothing – outside for your lost pet. Many pets will return home by themselves once all the noise and distractions have calmed down and it is quiet.

    Celebrate the 4th of July with Dog Walking and Cat Crafting
    Community members who are interested in walking the dogs need to RSVP by July 2 at www.pima.gov/animalcare. Families are welcome, but only those ages 16 or older will be able to personally walk the dogs. We’re also looking for volunteers to make enrichment toys for our kitties. By volunteering, you can help our pets stay healthy, happy and hopeful as they wait for their forever families. PACC will be hosting a volunteer orientation at 10 a.m. for anyone who wants to volunteer regularly.

    The shelter will be open for adoptions from  10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and all pets will have a Name-Your-Own-Adoption fee. For more information on our adoptable pets visit www.pima.gov/animalcare.