Independence Day can be a frightening time for your pets. Sadly, many pets are lost. To help reunite pets with their owners, Multnomah County Animal Services will waive the board and impound fees for all strays brought to the shelter between June 30 and July 5 if picked up by July 7.
Fireworks: Friend or Foe?
Happy Independence Day. While fireworks are the staple celebration of revelers on the 4th of July, they may also be the bane of your pet’s existence. Fluffy’s eyes get big, the ears go back, he licks his lips, and looks for a place to hide. Fluffy’s scared, and when the “flight” mode kicks in, he won’t be thinking clearly. In a panic, he might jump your fence, dig under your gate, scratch through a screen, bolt through a window, or find a risky hiding place.
Multnomah County Animal Services wants you to prepare your pets and home for the barrage of fireworks on the 4th of July, but we’re here for you if your pet gets loose.
Impound & Board Fees Waived for Stray Pets
In an effort to easily reunite lost pets with their owners during the week of Independence Day, impound and board fees are waived for all stray pets brought to Multnomah County Animal Services between Saturday, June 30 and Thursday, July 5, if they are redeemed by owners no later than Saturday, July 7.
Owners will still need to pay license fees on unlicensed pets, and vet bills for pets requiring medical treatment during their stay.
Pets impounded before Saturday, June 30, who are redeemed during the amnesty period will still be responsible for all fees owed. Pets impounded during the amnesty period, but redeemed by owners after July 7 will also be responsible for all fees owed, including fees that accrue during the amnesty period.
Shelter Holiday Closure
Multnomah County Animal Services will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.
Firework Safety Basics
Be prepared to help your pets through their fears during Independence Day.
- 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
- 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. 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)
- Be sure contact information--your phone number and email address--is current on any id tag, license or microchip for your pet.