With Guy Fawkes (November 5) just around the corner, the Animal Welfare Society of SA is already preparing to receive some lost and stray pets, terrified by the effects of fireworks.
When lost pets are identified, it makes the task of reuniting them with their owners much easier if the pet has a microchip or at least a safety collar and tag.
“We further advise residents living in areas where fireworks will be released to adopt the following guidelines to protect their animals,” says the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
- 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.
Here are tips on how to keep your pet safe on Guy Fawkes day:
A microchip costs: R150 (once-off fee).
Harming any pets or animal with fireworks will result in prosecution and concerned members of the public are to please report any acts of alleged cruelty to the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa on 021 692 2626 | 082 601 1761.
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