The Fourth of July, once coined as the busiest day for the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC), has been replaced by July 5th. “We see an increase in strays running on our local freeways, pets found far from home and injured animals,” said Marcia Mayeda, DACC Director. Dogs and cats can become startled and disoriented by the sound of fireworks, activating their flight instinct. DACC would like to remind pet owners that extra precautions are necessary in order to protect pets during Fourth of July celebrations. To ensure the safety of your pets, here are a few tips:
- Make sure your pet’s license is current and be sure the tags are securely affixed to your pet’s collar.
- Keep your pets indoors in a cool, comfortable place with some “white noise” distraction such as a radio or television.
- Do not keep your pets in the backyard or tied up. Dogs, in particular, may panic and injure themselves on a rope or chain.
- Do not take your pets to community fireworks events. Most events do not allow pets. The noise and other activities at these events can easily surprise and frighten your pet.
- If you are leaving town for the weekend and cannot take your pets with you, make sure you leave them with someone who will be cautious and responsible during the Fourth of July celebrations.
If your pet becomes lost or if you wish to turn in a found animal, DACC’s animal care centers will be open for that particular service on Thursday, July 4, 2013. If you witness animal cruelty or an animal in distress, please call (562) 940-6898 or call 911. For all other services, DACC’s animal care centers will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5, 2013.
The addresses to the animal care centers are:
- Agoura Animal Care Center- 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 91301
- Baldwin Park Animal Care Center – 4275 N. Elton St., Baldwin Park, 91706
- Carson Animal Care Center – 216 W. Victoria St., Gardena, 90248
- Castaic Animal Care Center – 31044 N. Charlie Canyon Rd., Castaic 91384
- Downey Animal Care Center – 11258 S. Garfield Ave., Downey 90242
- Lancaster Animal Care Center – 5210 W. Avenue I, Lancaster 93536