Keep Pets Safe For The Holidays

By Staff Reports

(Hesperia)– – The holidays are in full swing, but this time of joy and sharing can also be the source of some unexpected stresses for your four-legged friends at home. By keeping decorations, plants and foods out of reach can help to keep your pet safe.

“While the holidays are full of special foods, plants and decorations; it is important to remember that many of them can be harmful to your pets,” said Mayor Russ Blewett. “By taking a few minutes to ensure that your house is ‘pet safe’ this time of year, you can help your pets have a happy holiday too.”

The City of Hesperia would like to share these helpful tips for keeping your furry friends safe this season:

  • Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia are just a few of the plants that can be harmful and should be kept away from pets. Consider fake plants if you have inside pets.
  • Anchor your Christmas tree to the wall or ceiling so pets do not topple it and keep decorations including lights, garland and tinsel out of reach.
  • If you are having a holiday party, keep sweets, chocolate and alcohol out of the reach of pets.  Consider placing pets in a safe area of the house away from the party so they do not accidentally ingest harmful substances.
  • Despite being illegal, you may hear neighbors welcoming the New Year with fireworks. If your pet is sensitive to loud noises and fireworks, plan ahead by keeping your pet in a quiet room in your house.  Remember that a pet will behave differently if panicked and may jump over fences and even through windows if it is very scared.
  • Make sure your pet has a license and ID, and consider a micro-chip that can identify your pet should it lose its collar.

If you find a lost pet, please call Animal Control to report it or take it to the closest shelter so that it is not running loose, this will give the pet its best chances to be reunited with its owner. The Hesperia Animal Shelter is located at 11011 Santa Fe Avenue.

Is your pet missing? The City of Hesperia encourages you to visit all of the animal shelters everyday to look for your lost pet. As a courtesy, the City of Hesperia posts pictures of many stray animals in the shelter on the City’s website at www.cityofhesperia.us. If your animal is in these pictures, immediately call (760) 947-1700 or visit the shelter.  Don’t forget to not only check for lost dogs, but cats too, sadly less than 20% of cats brought to the shelter are claimed by their owners or adopted to new families.

For shelter information or to call ahead in search of your lost pet please contact (760) 947-1700 or visit the City’s website at www.cityofhesperia.us.

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