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

Monday July 2, 2012

Feel the Heat Adoption Specials Underway

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 Director Justin Scally. “Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. The loud noise may result in behavior inconsistent with your pet’s normal activity.  Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.”

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 being sure that their pet is licensed with Metro Animal Services, the license tag is affixed to the pet’s collar and also that 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!

Don’t forget to keep the homeless animals of LMAS in mind! With no air-conditioning in many of the kennel areas at the Manslick Road facility, staff is taking precautions to keep the pets temporarily housed at the shelter safe and comfortable. Nevertheless, nothing beats being inside a nice and cool new home instead of in a shelter. In an effort to help, LMAS is offering “Feeling the Heat” Adoption Specials. All dogs six months and over are $85 and cats are $9 with an approved application. Kittens are $35.