Tucson Lost Pet Initiative July 5 – 8
July 4th is my least favorite holiday and my stance has nothing to do with patriotism and everything to do with fireworks. I wonder about the local sanctity of selling fireworks related products for personal use. Grand fireworks displays are another story as professionals are in charge and the fire department may be standing by.
Don’t we already have enough fire fighters risking their lives putting out fires in southern Arizona?
Another reason I dislike fireworks products for personal use is — my dogs go crazy as do most dogs.
You have to wonder — what are they thinking?
Lock your doggie door
In the best-case scenario, your pets are at home wearing a collar with tags and current ID. Your pets are in a safe room where bursts of light are not visible through a window or curtains and music or TV plays loudly. Their doggie door, if they have one, is locked so there is no escaping. Dogs are preoccupied because you provided a frozen stuffed Kong to keep them occupied. Even if you’re having guests, your pets are in a closed room where they cannot be disturbed or accidentally let loose.
Lost Pet Initiative
Despite precautions and awareness, July 4th is the worst day of the year for dogs getting lost which means Pima Animal Care Center located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road 85745 (PACC) will overflow with lost pets on July 5 and the rest of the week. A lost pet is a crisis for families and local animal shelters. “Pima Animal Care Center is filled beyond capacity in the week following July 4th,” says Marcie Velen from the volunteer-run No Kill Pima County. “We want people to come to PACC to look for their dogs and cats. PACC is waiving fees to redeem as long as your pet is altered or you are willing to have them altered — for free. If your pet is not there, additional assistance will be available.”
No Kill Pima County’s Lost Pet Support Booth will be at PACC from July 5 thru 7 from noon to 3 pm and on July 8 from 10 am to 1 pm. The Lost Pet Support Booth will be staffed by helpful volunteers to provide free neon lost pet posters, to tag your car or vehicle window to help spread the word, and to offer personalized guidance on finding your pet. Support is provided by Fireworks Productions of Arizona.