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Four-Legged Friends Need 4th of July Safety Precautions Too

The week of the Fourth of July is the busiest week for the Visalia Animal Care Center and this year, the Center is doing everything possible to make sure pets stay safe this holiday weekend.

“When we think of fourth of July safety, we think sunscreen and using Safe and Sane fireworks. Most people do not plan ahead for how their pets will react to the sound of fireworks,” shares Mario Cifuentez, City of Visalia Animal Services Manager. “The sights and sounds of fireworks can terrify pets and they end up out of yards and running away.”

The American Human Society reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters.

“Pets are really part of the family and these companion animals end up being so frightened they’ll jump fences and break leashes to get away,” adds Cifuentez. “If your pet is upset by sudden, loud noises like thunder or a slamming door, precautions need to be taken.”

Pets should be kept indoors on the fourth of July, as the loud noises of fireworks can cause extreme distress. If attending a fireworks display, furry friends should stay home in a cool, quiet place, where a radio or television is playing to help mask the sound of fireworks. Remember that enjoying the fun of the fourth and locking animals in the car is never an option. Vehicles reach triple digit temperatures, causing brain damage and heat stroke. Taking safety precautions will keep pets safe and at home.

In an effort to reunite as many pets as possible who do get out, Visalia Animal Care Center is hosting a microchip special. Normally a one-time $20 fee to microchip a pet, the price is now only $10 through July 4th. For a pet, having a microchip implanted feels like a routine vaccination and takes only seconds. The permanent ID last’s a pet’s lifetime and is supplemental to their collar tag. Additionally, the Visalia Animal Care Center will be open from 12 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5th (normally a day the facility is closed) for Redemptions Only. This will allow citizens to reclaim their animals who may have been frightened and ran away.

“We want the public to know that we won’t be accepting strays through the front door on the 5th, but the public can call Visalia Animal Control dispatch at 713-4957 for any strays that they find because we will be fully staffed and in the field throughout the day,” adds Cifuentez.

For more information on pet safety, licensing, microchips and more, visit www.visalia.city, follow Visalia Animal Services on Facebook and Instagram or call them directly at 559-713-4700 for General Information or 559-713-4686 for licensing information.

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