Pets & Fireworks

Dog scared by fireworks
Firework Pet Safety
If Your Pet is Lost
Using Finding Rover for Lost & Found Pets

The fireworks of the Independence Day holiday can be frightening for your pets. Sadly, it’s common to lose pets during this time. With public fireworks displays canceled due to COVID-19, we anticipate more private or residential fireworks this year, which may have a greater impact on sensitive animals. Ahead of the holiday, Multnomah County Animal Services wants to remind pet owners about services and resources to help reunite them with their pets quickly, as well as tips to keep pets safe during fireworks displays.


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If Your Pet is Lost

  1. Upload your pet’s photo
  2. Enter a few details about your pet
  3. Enter your name, email address, and zip code
  • Look around your neighborhood for your lost pet
    • In a survey of Multnomah County community members who found their lost pets, 36% found them at large, wandering the neighborhood.
    • Put out fragrant wet food to try and lure your pets back home.
  • Inform your neighbors and seek their help to find your lost pet. 
    • 35% of lost pets are reunited with help from neighbors who find them, see posters and provide tips, or see their lost pet report at multcopets.org.
    • Distribute posters with your lost pet’s photo and information door to door, and around your neighborhood. Ask for tips.
    • Post to Nextdoor, Facebook, and other social media resources to engage with members of your neighborhood. Find online groups and forums dedicated to finding lost pets in your area.

If You Find a Lost Pet

If you have found a lost pet or a stray pet in Multnomah County, Oregon, you have two options:

Steps to Find an Owner

  • Check Lost Animal Reports to see if an owner has reported their pet missing, with photos, descriptions, and locations. Check often, since new reports are posted frequently each day.
  • File a Found Pet Report on multcopets.org so owners who have lost pets can contact you.
  • If the pet is wearing a collar and a license tag, try looking up your license information to find an owner at multcopets.org/license-lookup.
  • Bring the pet to a local veterinary clinic to scan for a microchip. If a microchip number is found, the clinic can contact the microchip registry for current contact information for an owner.
  • Search for lost pet reports at FindingRover.com. You can also use facial recognition technology and other tools to see if there’s a matching lost pet report. Just go to FindingRover.com and:
    1. Upload the pet’s photo
    2. Enter a few details about where you found the pet
    3. Enter your name, email address, and zip code
  • Inform your neighbors and seek their help to find an owner
    • 35% of lost pets are reunited with help from neighbors who find them, see posters and provide tips, or see their lost pet report at multcopets.org.
    • Distribute posters with the found pet’s photo and information door to door, and around your neighborhood. Ask for tips.
    • Post to Nextdoor, Facebook, and other social media resources to engage with members of your neighborhood. Find online groups and forums dedicated to finding lost pets in your area.


 

Impound & Board Fees Waived for Stray Pets

impound and board fees are currently waived for all stray pets brought to Multnomah County Animal Services, in order to help alleviate the economic impact of the coronavirus. This means that if your pet is impounded, you won’t need to pay fees in order to take them back home.

Under normal circumstances, MCAS holds an impound fee amnesty period during the Independence Day Holiday.

 

Firework Safety Basics For Pets

Be prepared to help your pets through their fears during Independence Day.

  • Safety and Prevention: Never bring pets to firework displays or leave them locked in cars while you watch. Even in moderately cool weather, cars experience a greenhouse effect, with dangerously high temperatures.
  • Be present: One of the best things you can do for your pets is to be present for them. You can calm them better than a pet-sitter or a kennel staff member. When you see that they’re afraid, call to them. Go to your pet, or invite them to join you where you are. Give them rubs and scratches. Talk with them. Be silly with them. Play their favorite games. Turn a scary experience into a learning opportunity. (source)
  • Secure your home: Plan ahead, and identify ways your pet could escape. Close open windows and doors. Don’t leave pets outdoors where they could jump a fence, or indoors near screen doors and windows if they panic and bolt. Make sure guests coming and going are careful not to let pets slip through the door. (source)
  • Give your pet a safe space: Give your pet a confined, safe space in the center of your home, such as a spacious closet or a bathroom with a comfortable bed and water. (source)
  • Use ambient noise: Play comforting music, or noise from a radio or TV. (source)
  • Seek help from a veterinarian: If your pet has a history of fear or anxiety with loud noises, including fireworks, talk with your veterinarian about your options. They may be able to prescribe medication to help calm your pet. They may also recommend a Thunder Shirt or wrap to calm and provide comfort. (source)
  • Make sure your pets are licensed so MCAS can contact you as soon as they arrive at the shelter. Licensing can be done online at MultcoPets.org.
  • Make sure pets are wearing collars with tags, and that the contact information on the tag is current.
  • Microchip your pet and update your contact information with the microchip registry. Microchipping is a powerful tool to reunite lost pets with owners if lost.
  • Register your pets on FindingRover.com to use facial recognition technology to help locate them if ever lost.

 

Shelter Holiday Closure

Multnomah County Animal Services will be closed on Saturday, July 4. 

Staff will be on-site to accept stray animals and assist in returning impounded animals to owners between noon and 4 pm. However, our client services call center will be closed, please check our website for any found pet reports.

 

About Multnomah County Animal Services

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) is the only open door shelter in Portland. MCAS is the primary agency responsible for lost pet care, animal abuse investigations and animal rescue in Multnomah County. MCAS also offers dog and cat licensing, lost and found pet services, and animal adoptions through its shelter in Troutdale. MCAS is a division of the Multnomah County Department of Community Services (DCS).