Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dog Days of Summer Safety

Each year, more than 10 million pets in America
become lost, and summer can be the most dangerous
time for pets. Whether escaping from yards, running away
after Independence Day fireworks or being displaced
due to seasonal natural disasters like hurricanes and
floods, summer is a dangerous time for pets to be outside.
In fact, July 5 has been pinpointed as the day of the year
when the most lost pets end up at shelters, according
to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
An estimated one in three pets will get lost in its lifetime,
and without proper identification,
90 percent of lost pets never return home.
HOME AGAIN is encouraging millions of dog and cat
owners nationwide to ensure their pets' safety
through microchipping and enrolling in a recovery database.

Independence Day Dangers:
Most pet owners can attest to the fact that
fireworks frazzle their pets.
Don't leave your dog or cat outside when
your city or town will be conducting fireworks
displays or a July 4 parade,
and ensure your pet has a cozy spot indoors where
they won't be tempted to run away.
Everyday Warm Weather Awareness:
No matter where they live, pet owners
should be aware that normal outdoor distractions,
such as birds and squirrels, increased outdoor
neighborhood activity and even seasonal
weather disturbances like thunderstorms
can cause pets to run away.
Pets should never be left alone outside,
even if they are in a fenced area.

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