(HawaiiNewsNow)-The Hawaiian Humane Society reminds people that New Year's celebrations can frighten pets and they may become lost if outdoors. All pets should be brought in doors if possible.
"Fireworks noise and lights can be scary for animals," said Pamela Burns, president and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society. "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. If your pet does not 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 center, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. The Humane Society is Oahu's official lost and found center. They can microchip your cat or dog for
$15 - no appointment necessary. Or 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 pets 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 pet tranquilizers without consulting a veterinarian.
• Resist taking your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals don't enjoy the holiday's noisy spectacles.
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