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  • Top 10 tips to keep your pets safe over the July 4 weekend

    The razzle dazzle of July 4 fireworks can be a thing of beauty to our human eyes, but the booms that accompany them are no picnic for our canine friends. Unfortunately, the Pima Animal Care Center has found that the after effect of those fireworks is a big spike in the number of runaway and lost dogs. Here’s how you can keep your furry friend safe this Independence Day.

    No. 10: Get your pet microchipped 

    PACC has FREE clinics now through July 1 from 9 to 11 a.m.

    This is the best way to be reunited with your pet in case it gets lost. If your dog is microchipped, all it takes is a quick scan and we’ll give you a call. Then you come scoop up your pet! Learn more from our Facebook event.

    No. 9: Keep a proper fitting collar on your dog  

    You can buy one at our Central Pet Store, located in the adoption lobby for an affordable price.

    No. 8: Check with your vet on your pet’s medications. 

    Does your pet take an anxiety pill during thunderstorms? Now is a good time to make sure you have enough in the bottle for the fireworks, just in case they are needed. 

    No. 7: Upload a photo of your pet to TODAY 

    This organization uses pet facial recognition technology to match animals to lost and found reports. But you don’t have to wait till your pet gets lost. Just upload your pet's photo into the database today for safe keeping. Then if your pet does go missing, Petco Love Lost can quickly make that report and start matching.

    No. 6: Write your phone number onto the collar in black sharpie

    This is good to have in case the tag falls off. We have been able to reunite some lost pets with families thanks to this idea.

    No. 5: It bears repeating — get your pet microchipped!  

    PACC has FREE clinics now through July 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn more from our Facebook event

    No. 4: Verify that your contact information is up to date on your Dogpet’s microchip.  

    Go to the Found Animals webpage and update it there for free. There’s nothing more disappointing than seeing that a pet is chipped but their tag has outdated information or no information at all. It sort of makes the chip worthless.

    No. 3: Keep an ID tag on your pet’s collar

    Buy a collar and leash at our Central Pet Store and get a FREE ID tag. These ID tags are another great way to be reunited with your pet. A quick call and they are home. Right now is a good time to check and make sure the tag isn’t faded or scratched.

    No. 2: Keep your pets indoors starting Thursday evening through the weekend. 

    If you need supplies like a crate, contact the Pet Support Center at You can also reach out on Nextdoor. Many of our volunteers are ready to help their fellow pet owners with donated supplies.

    No. 1: Have a plan for the evening of July 4. 

    Put them in a place where they feel safe, whether it’s their kennel or a bedroom. Then:
    • Play music or a TV show to drown out the outside noise.
    • Put on a Thundershirt, if this works for them. You can buy them in our Central Pet lobby store.
    • Give your pets a special treat to keep them distracted, like a Kong with peanut butter.
    • Limit the number of visitors opening and closing the pet’s kennel door or bedroom door. Any open door provides a chance to run when spooked.
    • Immediately report the pet as lost the moment it goes missing. Time is of the essence.
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