The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa is encouraging pet owners to make their animals identifiable with a microchip, or a safe collar and tag.
“With Guy Fawkes (5th November) just around the corner, we anticipate and are already preparing to receive some lost and stray pet(s), terrified by the effects of fireworks,” said the society in a Facebook post.
The society says that it is much easier to reunite stray pets with their owners if the animals are adequately identified.
They also advise that pet owners living in areas where fireworks will be released take the following precautions to protect their animals:
— Ensure all animals have identification – sudden loud bangs can cause pet(s) to run away and get lost. Remember their hearing is far more acute than ours – i.e. they can hear a grasshopper eating.
— If possible, stay at home with them if you suspect fireworks will be used nearby.
— If you can’t be at home, keep your pet(s) inside and preferably in a room that is safe and secure.
— Try and mask any noise by drawing the curtains and playing calming music at a reasonable volume.
— Put familiar and comforting things around them such as toys, baskets, etc.
— Give your pet(s) a nutritious and balanced meal at night – this is likely to make them sleepier.
The society warns that harming any animal with fireworks will lead to prosecution. It encourages concerned citizens to report any acts of suspected animal cruelty to the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa on 021 692 2626 or 082 601 1761
With Guy Fawkes (5th November) just around the corner, we anticipate and are already preparing to receive some lost and…
Picture: Facebook/Animal Welfare Society of South Africa – Jackie Wernberg