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  • PACC offers tips to keep pets safe going into the new year

    Dec 29, 2017 | Read More News
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    fireworksWith New Year festivities around the corner, Pima Animal Care Center offers tips to keep pets from becoming startled by fireworks. By encouraging owners to take precautions, PACC officials hope to reduce the number of lost and injured pets brought to the shelter in the New Year. 

    The first week of January has become one of the busiest times of year for PACC’s animal protection officers, who work around the clock responding to calls. Between Jan. 1-7, 2017, PACC took in about 172 stray pets, which included 152 dogs and 20 cats. 

    To reduce the number of pets who become lost during this time, PACC recommends pet owners follow these tips:
    • Keep your pets inside during the fireworks.
    • Make sure your pet wears proper up-to-date identification in case he becomes lost.
    • Provide your pet with calming and distracting items, such as classical music, a ThunderShirt, or enrichment toys like a KONG filled with peanut butter.
    If you lose your pet in the days following the New Year, please call PACC’s Pet Support Center at 520-724-7222. Also check PACC’s Lost and Found Pets webpage and its Lost Pets Pima County Twitter feed frequently, as new pets arrive each day. 

    If you happen to come across a healthy stray, PACC encourages you to have him scanned for microchip, file a found report with PACC’s Pet Support Center, and hold the pet if possible. Dogs are more likely to be returned home if they stay in their neighborhood. For injured strays, PACC encourages the public to contact Animal Protection Services at 520-724-5900.