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Keeping your pets safe during the Australia Day weekend

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We all know how fun and busy it can be over the Australia Day weekend, however it can be a frightening time for our pets.

Many pets are sensitive to the noise of fireworks and can become so distressed they attempt to escape, resulting in lost and injured pets.

Leaving pets in the backyard may not be enough to protect them from the effects of fireworks. Pets have been known to jump fences or dig holes in a panicked attempt to escape the noise.

To assist, Shire Rangers will be on call for assistance on the Peninsula till 12am on Australia Day to rescue any scared pets and hastily reunite them with their owners.

All registered animals found will be taken directly to their homes and no fines will be issued. Any animal that can’t be returned home, will be taken safely to our Community Animal Shelter to be looked after.

Owners can collect their pets on the day or the next day when the Shelter reopens first thing at 10am. Proof of pet registration (print or digital) will be required to obtain your pet if not registered with the Shire.

If you find a lost pet in need of help, you can call us on 1300 850 600 for assistance.

To avoid your pet being spooked, there are certain measures you can take to help keep them safe during fireworks and other festivities:

  • Keep your pet inside for the duration of the fireworks.
  • Make sure your pet is exercised and fed before the fireworks begin.
  • Close all windows and doors to minimise noise and escaping.
  • Consider turning your radio or TV on to help dim noise from outside.
  • Ensure your pet is wearing identification and Council registration tags at all times.
  • Make sure your pet is micro-chipped and the Chip Registry has up to date contact details, so they can be reunited quickly. 
  • Ensure your pet feels safe and comfortable with adequate bedding, blankets, toys and plenty of water.

Check in with your VET to find techniques or products you can use to help with your dog’s anxiety during storms or fireworks.

Written by: Daz

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