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Animal Services Encourages Pet Owners To Take Precautions During July 4th Celebrations

Tuesday July 1, 2014

Nothing beats lounging with our two and four-legged friends and family over the Fourth of July. And while it may seem like a great idea to bring Fluffy or Fido along to watch fireworks, Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) wants pet owners to realize festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets.

“Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets,” said LMAS Assistant Director Donald Robinson. “Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. The loud noise may result in behavior inconsistent with your pet’s normal activity.”

Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

The loud noise of fireworks may also startle pets enough that they escape and run away from their owners. LMAS asks that pet owners take proactive measures to keep their pets contained and also to put proper identification on their pets just in case they do get loose. These measures should include making sure that their pet is licensed with Metro Animal Services, the license tag is affixed to the pet’s collar and ensuring microchip and rabies information is up to date.

It’s important to keep everyone safe and healthy during this fun and celebratory time of year!

To get a LMAS license:



3705 Manslick Road

Monday thru Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Animal House Adoption Center

3516 Newburg Road

Tuesday thru Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday until 7:00 p.m.)

Don’t forget to keep the homeless animals of Louisville in mind! In an effort to help, LMAS and the Kentucky Humane Society are offering an Adoption Special, Saturday-Thursday, June 28 - July 3, 2014. $4 adoptions for cats four months and older and dogs 25 lbs. or more. All with an approved application and excludes license and microchip registration fees.