Pet Safe 4th of July
The Santa Barbara County Animal Services Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July holiday and reminds pet owners that many domestic animals are frightened by fireworks. Each year, hundreds of animals are lost as a result of noise related to Independence Day celebrations. Santa Barbara County Animal Services will be closed July 3rd and 4th. In an effort to reunite lost pets Santa Barbara County Animal Services will have staff on duty Sunday, July 5th to process redemptions of those animals.
Below are some simple suggestions to help ensure the safety of your pets.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a current license tag and update microchip information. A license tag is your dog’s ticket home. Animal Services will be quickly reuniting lost animals with their family if the animal is wearing a license and microchipped and your information is up to date. Extra staff will be ensuring this happens on Sunday, July 5th as well as Monday, July 6th. Remember to tag your cat, too.
- Keep them inside. Bring indoor/outdoor cats and dogs inside. Set up a nice quiet spot in a windowless room, if possible, or keep them in a carrier or kennel. Even if you think your yard is secure, a frightened dog will find a way to escape and a tied up dog may strangle itself trying to get away.
- Leave the TV or radio on to distract them; soothing noise may help keep pets calm.
- Walk Fido before the fireworks start. Tiring out your dog with a nice long walk or game of fetch can help them relax and stay calm through the noise.
- Do not bring your pet to a fireworks display. For their safety and the safety of others, please leave your pet(s) at home.
- If your dog or cat is especially noise sensitive, consider having someone stay home with them, taking them to a boarding facility, or discuss sedatives with your veterinarian.
- Keep your dog crated, to ensure they stay safe and home. Provide them with activities, like Kongs, to pass the time and leave a radio on low. You can even cover the crate to provide more security. If you do not have a crate, you may borrow one from the Santa Maria Animal Center by bringing a copy of your ID and credit/debit card.
If after taking all the precautions your cat or dog runs away, visit your local County Animal Services Shelter in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or Lompoc. County Animal Services shelters will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday July 4th. All three sites will resume normal business hours at 9AM on Monday, July 6th. If your dog or cat is not there, be persistent and keep checking back; it may take several days for them to arrive. To help locate your pet we suggest posting flyers in your neighborhood with a current photo of your pet and a phone number where you can be reached, using social media and submitting a Lost Report on our website. For more information contact your local shelter: Lompoc 805-737-7755, Santa Maria Animal Center 805-934-6119, Santa Barbara Shelter 805-681-5285.