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Be mindful of pets and fireworks, Central Texas shelter officials say

Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 6:57 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2021 at 10:50 AM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Fireworks and pets just don’t mix.

The Humane Society of Central Texas said you can still have fun this holiday weekend, but there are a few things you can do to keep your pets safe and calm.

The shelter recommends bringing all of them inside. If you can’t, then make sure they can’t escape your backyard.

If you bring your animal inside, the shelter said usually all you need is a crate and a blanket to help them feel safe. However some pets may need a little extra help.

“If your dog is super, super just over the top anxious about fireworks, you may want to consult with your vet and get a prescription to get them to calm down a little bit,” Paula Rivadeneira, executive director of the humane society, said. “Because it really can be psychologically damaging for them to go through this trauma.”

Rivadeneira said if you don’t make sure your pets are safe while fireworks are exploding, they could run away. If that happens, the humane society recommends posting about it on the Nextdoor app or on the Central Texas Lost and Found Pets Facebook page.

If you do find a dog, Rivadeneira said don’t bring it to the shelter right away.

“They are most likely lost from a home that is very nearby, so please, knock on doors, ask delivery people if they know where the dog lives,” Rivadeneira said. “Don’t bring it into the shelter because then the animal is stuck here.”

Another reason why you should avoid bringing stray pets to the shelter? Rivadeneira said they are almost full, and if too many stray pets are brought in after the holiday weekend, they won’t have anywhere to put them.

Rivadeneira recommends getting your pet microchipped, which is actually required if you live in the city of Waco. If your pet gets lost and brought to the shelter, or anywhere else where a microchip can be scanned, Rivadeneira said it’s twice as likely that you’ll get your pet back.

The shelter is hosting a free microchip event through Saturday, July 3. No appointment is needed.

If your dog is brought to the shelter, there is a fee to reclaim them. However, the humane society said they’re willing to work with people if that’s an issue.

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