Fourth of July Pet Safety

Help Keep Your Pet Safe
Each year, more pets are impounded at the shelters on and around the 4th of July.  Pets become frightened and anxious and may escape from their yards, putting them at risk for injury.  As we prepare for barbeques and fireworks this Fourth of July, the Fontana Animal Services Team urges you to think about your pets and offers the following suggestions and tips to help keep your pets safe:

  • Do not take your pet to a fireworks display; the loud finale will only frighten him.
  • It is safer to keep your pet at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor's party.  The loud noises created by the fireworks are very stressful for your pet, and taking him to an unfamiliar environment adds to his anxiety, even if you are with him.
  • Keep your pet indoors if at all possible.  Your pet will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to escape loud noises or to find you.
  • Never tie your dog up in an effort to keep him from escaping;  he will still try to escape if frightened.  The leash, rope or chain could entangle a limb or neck and cause significant injury or death.
  • Once the fireworks begin, keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable.  If he is crate trained, placing him in his crate and covering it with a blanket may make him feel more secure.
  • Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television or radio.  Anything that will help minimize the noise and bright explosions associated with fireworks may help your pet.
  • If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, trying to comfort him and help him relax.  Consult with your local veterinarian regarding the use of sedatives to keep your dog calm during the celebration.
  • Should your dog escape, help find him with some form of identification.  Collars and tags with your name and telephone number are okay, but they can fall off or be pulled off by a frightened dog.  Microchip permanent ID is a safe, reliable and responsible way to help your pet get home.  Keep contact information current with your microchip provider.
  • Never approach a loose dog that you do not know;  a frightened dog may become aggressive out of fear and the desire to escape the loud noise.  If the dog will come to you when you call, try to coax them into a garage or fenced yard and notify your local Animal Services provider that you have a pet contained.

Lost / Found Pets
If your pet is lost over the holiday, contact your local animal shelter in person.  The local shelters for this area are:

Animal Shelter - City of San Bernardino
333 Chandler Place
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 384-1304

Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care & Adoption Center
11780 Arrow Route
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 466-PETS (7387)

San Bernardino County Animal Shelter - Devore
19777 Shelter Way
Devore, CA 
(909) 386-9820