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Kathleen Ensey
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Practical Advice: Fireworks & Pets, esp Those Gone Missing
by Kathleen Ensey on June 30th, 2014

This year's annual 4th fireworks display has been relocated from downtown to Circuit of the Americas.
This change will more than likely create an even greater occurrence of neighborhood fireworks, which are illegal within the city limits and harmful for your pets.

The Goal?
To keep beloved pets safe before the "pop-pop-pop or BOOMs begin.
If not, a pet can escape, roam frantically and possibly get hurt or taken to an animal shelter, where it will take up kennel space for animals who really have no home --- recently the daily overpopulation at Austin Animal Center has risen to over 100 canines and 25+ felines. So our efforts to keep our dogs & cats safely at home, also helps our shelter and its monthly No Kill goal.

What's a pet guardian to do?
1 - Learn from Missing Pet Partnership experts' advice - see links below
2 - Circulate any of attached graphics to raise awareness with family, friends & neighbors

1. Identification

Remember you can get your pet microchipped for FREE at Austin Animal Center - takes 5-10 minutes max
Not sure your pet is microchipped? Have vet scan and provide the chip number to you.
Or if you already know the number, check here to make sure your contact details are up to date:

Tags & Collar
Check to make sure all tags are securely attached to the collar.
Check to make sure collar fits - two fingers should fit underneath the collar
Add name and contact details in permanent pen on inside of fabric collar

2. Lost Pet Kit
Take photos of pet -- full body and head closeup
Take photos of all of pet's tags
Create draft Lost Pet flier - see MPP advice
Confirm current contact details with former vet, new vet & microchip company
No time to do it? Get your kids involved -- they'll love doing it -then you can check their work

3. Your Home and Property
Check door latches, gates and fences for good working condition
Review with family members the reason for extra caution during this time of year

4. Create Calm via Your Pet's Main Senses:

Smell-Dogs Only:
Austin entrepreneur, My Peaceful Paws:
Fresh blend of essential oils applied to dog's pawpads, neck and/or chest.

Sound-Cats & Dogs:
US Entrepreneur, Through A Dog's Ear:

Sight-Cats & Dogs: Leave lights on where pet will be to lessen flashes of brightness created by fireworks


Dogs can travel up to 100 miles on their own;however, cats remain close by -- 3 to 5 house radius. Please do yourself a favor & focus your efforts by reading this info before conducting your search:

OnSite Posting/Physical:

Online Posting or Searching/Electronic
Yes, there are many websites but stick locally to focus your energies
Neighborhood email groups, inc surrounding neighborhoods

City shelter's Twitter: @austinanimals , Updated every 30 minutes with animals coming into the shelter

1 - Pet's microchip company
2 - Pet's current vet, your former vet & if different, vet who administered rabies vaccination
3 - All five of local Emergency Vets -- you can send a photo to them
Animal Emergency Hospital of Austin 512.459.4336 4106 North Lamar 78756
AM/PM Animal Hospital 512.448.2676/AMPM 2239 South Lamar 78704
Emergency Animal Hospital – north 512.331.6121 12034 Research Ste 8 78759
Emergency Animal Hospital – south 512.899.0955 4434 Frontier Trail 78745
Animal Emergency Clinic 512.671.6252 2000 N Mays Ste #112 Round Rock 7866

4 - Shelters:
Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop 78702
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter - 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626 512.943.3322
Pflugerville Animal Shelter - 1600 Waterbrook Drive Pflugerville TX 78660 512.990.PETS/7387

4 - Rescue groups, esp ones matching your pet's breed

You CANNOT file a LOST pet report with the city of Austin yet ....
You CAN file a FOUND pet report via 311

Find a Panicked Loose Pet?

Check out MPP's FB page and/or website for more excellent guidance:

A little proactivity goes a long way - thanks for reading and caring!

Dolly Ensey, Proactive Redemptor
Getting them home, 4 paws at a time
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Practical Advice: Fireworks & Pets, esp Those Gone Missing
by Chance Troy on March 3rd, 2020

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