Kick off Independence Day with your pooch at Bellevue’s annual Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk to benefit the animals at Seattle Humane! This family-friendly and awesomely fun 4k jog and walk begins at Bellevue’s Ashwood Park at 9 a.m. and includes a visit by our own MaxMobile adoption bus, BFD Fire Truck, a dog costume contest, sponsor booths, a bouncy house and so much more! There’s still time to register for all the fun – enjoy a morning with the whole family, including Fido!
If you were a little too preoccupied with activities and didn’t have time to find your purrfect match on the MaxMobile at Four on the 4th, don’t worry! Seattle Humane is open on July 4th and 5th to help you find your newest family member!
After you bring your furry friend home, keep them safe! Dogs and cats are much more sensitive to loud sounds than we are. The sound of fireworks can scare pets and cause them to escape from a yard or dart out an open door. When frightened, they are at a higher risk of running into the street, or getting lost in the dark.
This Independence Day, try the following to keep your pet safe:
- Keep Pets Inside– Secure pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. For those hosting guests at their home, consider keeping pets in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.
- Create of Calming Environment– Surround pets with favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.
- Keep Away From Fireworks– Besides the potential toxicity pets can experience from ingesting the gun powder in firecrackers, there is the obvious risk of accidentally burning or injuring pets by allowing them to be in the same vicinity as fireworks.
- Update Identification– The biggest risk this Fourth of July is that pets will get loose from their homes. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode. Dogs and cats are known to break through glass windows or sneak through open doors to escape the noise. Make sure pets are microchipped and wearing identification. Call to confirm that the pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company have current address and phone numbers.
Seattle Humane also offers $20 microchipping services for pets of income-restricted guardians, including national registration. Visit us at seattlehumane.org to learn more about our microchipping services and have your pets microchipped today!
Have a great 4th of July weekend while keeping your pets happy and safe!