Today is the Fourth of July, a day that brings many lost and scared animals to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter. Here are some tips from shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess on how to keep your pet safe and what to do if your pet has gone missing.
Help a Good Samaritan return your pets home:
• Have visible identification, such as a tag or a phone number on your pet’s collar.
• Have your pets microchipped.
If you’re traveling, provide your petsitter with:
• A letter giving Animal Services permission to release your pet to your petsitter as well as information on how to contact Animal Services.
• A letter giving your veterinarian permission to treat your pets if they’re injured or sick.
If your pet is lost:
• Search your neighborhood, post signs, check local veterinary offices as soon as possible.
• Check the Craigslist “lost & found” site. Also, post your lost pets — if someone has found them, they can contact you.
• Make a lost pet report at Animal Services main office, 781-4400.
• Monitor the daily recorded message of dogs and cats coming to the shelter, 781-4407.
• Come to the shelter and look for your pet, because no one knows them like you do.
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Caring for your pet
• Pets are often safer at home than in a car, in the back of a pickup or in an unfamiliar place — especially with the potential of frightening fireworks.
• Be mindful that the bed of your pickup truck gets very hot in the sun and can burn your pet’s feet or contribute to heat exhaustion.
• Don’t leave your pet — even “just for a minute” — in your car. Exterior summer temperatures can quickly turn your car into an oven.
If your dog or cat accidentally ingests any potentially harmful products and you need emergency advice, contact the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or http://www.aspca.org/apcc.
If your pet is lost during the Fourth of July, please call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit http://www.sloanimalservices.com. Also, make sure to visit the shelter to look for your pet. The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.
Here’s a look at upcoming pet-related events around San Luis Obispo County:
Woods anniversary adoption discount In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Woods Humane Society is offering $60 adoption fees for all animals through the month of July. Registration for dog obedience classes is also $60 through July. Woods is at 875 Oklahoma Ave. in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call 543-9316 or visithttp://www.woodshumane.org
Adopt a cat in SLO The Feline Network of the Central Coast holds kitten adoptions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. Kittens and cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed and tested for leukemia and FIV. Adoption fee is $60. For information on adoptions and low-cost spaying or neutering in San Luis Obispo or the South County, and help with feral cats, call 549-9228.