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Preparing Pets for New Year's Eve

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With all the fireworks ban taking effect in 2011, it's expected to be an epic New Year's celebration.  If you have trouble with smoke and noise, imagine how your pets feel.  Starr Dods is here from the Hawaiian Humane Society to help you make sure your pets are ready.

Hawaiian Humane Society:
Contact 356-2229 for Microchip Update Form
Contact 946-2187 to report a lost or found pet

The Hawaiian Humane Society reminds people that New Year's celebrations can frighten pets and they may become lost if outdoors. "Fireworks noise and lights can be scary for animals," says Pamela Burns, Hawaiian Humane Society president and CEO. "Keeping your animals indoors will keep them safe. More importantly, people should have their pets microchipped and keep their current contact information on file with the Humane Society in the event of a lost pet."

The Humane Society encourages the following precautions:

  • Ensure that your pets have identification. More than 1,418 animals were reported lost during last year's holiday season (December 2009 – January 2010). If your pet doesn't have identification or you don't file a lost report with the Humane Society, there is a chance your pet will be adopted into a new home. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the Humane Society's 24-hour animal admissions, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. The Humane Society is the database for Oahu pet microchip information. Call your veterinarian to microchip your pet. Call the Humane Society at 356-2229 to update your contact information if you have changed your phone number or moved. Call the Humane Society at 946-2187 immediately if your pet is lost and file a lost report. Having current photos of your pet is also helpful. For dogs, a license is proof of ownership and should be attached to his collar.
  • Keep your companion animal in a safe place indoors. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed on. Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide him or her with some companionship while you're attending the picnics and parades. If you can't keep your pet indoors, consider keeping him in an enclosed garage.
  • If possible, do not leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain.
  • If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before New Year's Eve for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays. Do not give your pets tranquilizers without consulting a vet.
  • Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don't enjoy the holiday's noisy spectacles.

For more on the Humane Society, visit The website features a list of all programs, upcoming events and a selection of photos of animals that are immediately available for adoption.

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