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CLOSED – July 4th
CLOSED – July 4th
Jul 4 all-day
CLOSED - July 4th
In the event of an animal emergency call 909-594-9858. July 4th Safety Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat it. Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe both during and after the July 4th festivities. Check out animals currently at our shelter here >> Ivhsanimals.org. Please note that not every dog or cat is photographed. Check out lost and found flyers here >> ivhsspca.org/lost-and-found/ Please be advised that our shelter will be closed starting at 5:30 pm July 3rd. If you find a pet – please hold onto it until the shelter call center opens at 8:00 am July 5th (909)623-9777. The kennels will reopen for viewing on July 5 at 10:00 am. In the event of an emergency, like a stray dog being hit by a car, call 909-594-9858. More pets become lost on July 4 than any other day of the year – please be prepared. Preparing in advance: Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information. If you have horses, you might consider marking a safety (breakaway) halter with your contact information and leaving it on your horse during this stressful time. If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost. If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date. Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs and horses – just in case. If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist. Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Are pasture fences secure enough to keep horses or other livestock confined? Evaluate your options, choose the safest area for your animals and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure. Safety during July 4th celebrations: Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and …
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