Keep Calm and Prepare for the Fireworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Fourth should be a day of fun and celebration—not fretting over an anxious pet. Here’s how to keep your pet calm and safe during Fourth of July festivities, or any time you expect loud noises.

Be prepared:

  • Update all tag, pet licensing and microchip information. Use July Fourth as your annual reminder to check that all your contact information is current.
  • It may go without saying, but don’t bring pets to fireworks displays. If you do decide to take your dog out during the fireworks, be sure, as always, to keep it on a leash.
  • Don’t underestimate your pet’s ability to get away in a panic by jumping fences it’s never jumped before, slipping out the door, crawling into walls/under beds, etc. Its heightened state of anxiety can make your pet faster and slinkier.
  • Keep your pet indoors in the quietest room in the house, with the doors and windows closed. Cover the windows or keep your pet in a room without any windows so it feels safe.
  • Play soothing music or turn on a TV or fan to drown out anxiety-producing sounds. Familiar indoor sounds will be a comfort to your pet.
  • Distract the pet with its favorite toy, treat or game.
  • If you know your pet is anxious on the Fourth of July or is sensitive to sounds in general, speak with your vet about anti-anxiety medications, and stay home with your pet to monitor its behavior.

Should your pet go missing, refer to the following search tips and techniques:

  • If your pet is microchipped, reach out to the company where the chip is registered.
  • Visit your local animal shelter with a flyer including your pet’s picture and your information. Check back every few days as animals are held for three days before being evaluated for adoption.
  • For pets lost in Seattle, visit the Seattle Animal Shelter website for found pets as well as animals available for adoption. You may also call the shelter’s Lost Pet Hotline at 206-386-7387. Be sure to visit the shelter too.
  • Post large, bright, colorful signs featuring a photo of your pet around your neighborhood. Also post signs at veterinarians’ offices and stores that offer community posts.
  • Think about places your pet may have gone that are familiar. A park you frequent on walks? A neighbor who leaves the door open or treats outside?
  • Be internet and social media savvy. Post an ad on Craigslist or a neighborhood website such as West Seattle Blog, Nextdoor, or My Ballard.
  • Post pictures of your missing pet on your preferred social media channel and encourage your friends to share the post.

Seattle Animal Shelter Dec. 25 pet license and vaccination clinic cancelled

The Seattle Animal Shelter has cancelled the “Protect Your Pet” license and vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, Dec. 25.

The next “Protect Your Pet” clinic will take place from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. The Seattle Animal Shelter hosts this pet licensing and vaccination clinic from 3-6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Bring your cat or dog to the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, and receive a free rabies vaccination with the purchase or renewal of the pet’s license. These monthly “Protect Your Pet” events are held in partnership with Good Neighbor Vet, which provides the vaccinations in its mobile unit.

For more information and updates, please see www.seattleanimalshelter.org and www.goodneighborvet.com.

Fabulous Felines cat adoption event at Phinney Neighborhood Association

The Seattle Animal Shelter will host a cat adoptathon on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, located at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous kittens and cats of different breeds. Cats available at this event have been living with foster parents, who are available at the event to share information about the personality and habits of the cats with potential adopters, helping to make a perfect match.

“With our monthly neighborhood adoptathons, we hope to continue to spread the word about the joys and value of adopting shelter pets and saving lives. If you have room in your home and your heart for an orphaned animal, this is a great opportunity to come and see some of the wonderful pets available from our foster-care parents,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include:

  • Initial vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Feline Leukemia testing
  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip

The Seattle Animal Shelter has a foster-care program to rehabilitate sick and immature dogs and cats. Donations from the city’s “Help the Animals Fund” pay for veterinary care for these animals while they are being fostered.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-7387 (PETS), or view animals available for adoption online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org. Adoptable pets are also featured on “Pet of the Week” on the Seattle Channel at http://www.seattlechannel.org/CityStream/Pets.

Fabulous Felines cat adoption event at Northgate Petco

The Seattle Animal Shelter will host a cat adoptathon on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Northgate Petco, located at 318 NE Northgate Way, Seattle. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features numerous kittens and cats of different breeds. Cats available at this event have been living with foster parents, who are available at the event to share information about the personality and habits of the cats with potential adopters, helping to make a perfect match.

“With our monthly neighborhood adoptathons, we hope to continue to spread the word about the joys and value of adopting shelter pets and saving lives. If you have room in your home and your heart for an orphaned animal, this is a great opportunity to come and see some of the wonderful pets available from our foster-care parents,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include:

  • Initial vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Feline Leukemia testing
  • Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchip

The Seattle Animal Shelter has a foster-care program to rehabilitate sick and immature dogs and cats. Donations from the city’s “Help the Animals Fund” pay for veterinary care for these animals while they are being fostered.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. The shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, and the phone number is 206-386-7387 (PETS). Animals available for adoption can be viewed online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Tips on keeping your pets safe on Halloween

Halloween is a fun time for adults and children alike, but it can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets. Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan offers the following tips to keep Halloween from being a fright for pets and trick-or-treaters:

  • Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween. There are too many stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen or even killed pets on this night.
  • When going out trick-or-treating, leave your pets at home. Pets can be easily excited by the Halloween activity.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Store treats in a high cabinet secured with a lock or child-safety latch.
  • Watch out for the ‘lethal wagging tails’ or curious kittens near lit pumpkins and other flames. Pets can knock them over and cause a fire or burn injuries to your pet and people.
  • Don’t dress your animals in costumes unless you know they love it. If you do dress them up, be careful not to obstruct their vision as even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.
  • Keep your dog(s) in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours, as too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog. If you are having an indoor party, keep pets in a room where they won’t be disturbed or frightened by costumes.
  • Make certain your pet is wearing a pet license in case your cat or dog darts out through an open door.

“Remember, your pets rely on you to keep them out of harm’s way,” Jordan said. “By taking the proper precautions, you and your pets can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. It is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. Call the shelter at 206-386-7387 (PETS) and view animals available for adoption at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.