The Fourth of July can be a frightening time for animals, when the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sends pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Oakland Animal Services reminds all animal owners that they can save themselves and their pets a tremendous amount of heartache and anxiety by keeping the animals comfortable during Fourth of July celebrations:
• Keep pets indoors and at home; they will be happier and not tempted to escape from loud sounds.
• If your dog is crate-trained, put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.
• Create a peaceful environment in your home: play soothing music and lower the blinds to block outside sights and sounds.
• Avoid feeding scraps from the grill and other human food. Some foods like onion, avocado, grapes, raisins and chocolate can be toxic. Pets should never be given cooked bones, especially from chicken.
• Keep pets away from flames, matches and lighter fluid.
• Do not spray your pet with insect repellant or sunscreen that is intended for humans. These can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system.
• Even if your pet is indoors with you, double-check yard gates and doors to prevent an escape.
• Make certain pets are wearing identification that includes the name and current telephone number of the owner. Confirm that your pet’s microchip information is up to date.
The Oakland Animal Services shelter will be closed in observation of Independence Day on Monday, July 4. Officers will respond to emergency calls and shelter staff will attempt to contact owners of lost pets that have identification. Animals with identification will be held at Animal Services for 10 days. Pets without identification will be held for a shorter legal holding period..
Residents who have lost a pet can also follow the Twitter handle #OaklandLostFoundPets to get up-to-the-minute information on animals that come to the shelter. People who find an animal can also post its picture to #OaklandLostFoundPets to help locate the owner.
Anyone who loses an animal in Oakland should visit www.OaklandAnimalServices.org to see if he has been brought to the shelter. It is also important to visit the shelter in person during open hours as listed on the website. The shelter is located at 1101 29th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.