It’s no secret – the Arizona Celebration of Freedom isn’t the only fireworks show in town. For many pet owners, the noise of fireworks is an impending issue each year.
Mesa Animal Control would like to remind residents that pets can become highly distressed by the noise, lights and commotion involved with Independence Day celebrations.
With fireworks during the Titan Solar Power Arizona Celebration of Freedom in downtown Mesa Thursday, July 4; various Fourth of July fireworks shows; and state law allowing the legal use of fireworks June 24 to July 6 on private property, with the property owner’s permission, pet owners are encouraged to follow these tips:
- Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so an owner can be contacted if the animal does escape. This includes current licenses for dogs.
- Do not take your pets with you to any outdoor activity where there will be fireworks.
- Leave your pets inside your home with the television or radio on to help cover noise from fireworks. Close the blinds so bright flashing lights do not alarm your pets. Crate your pets if they are used to being in a crate.
- Never leave your pets in the car; they could suffer serious health effects, including death, within a few short minutes of being left in a hot car. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air but do provide an opportunity for your pet or vehicle to be stolen.
- If your pet escapes, contact Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at (602) 506-7387 for shelter locations and hours.
If you find a lost pet, call Mesa Animal Control at (480) 644-2268 to request pickup. Office hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and will resume regular hours on Friday, July 5.