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Fido, Fifi feline, Fireworks and The Fourth

Uploaded: Jul 1, 2017

What do you do when a public servant looks you right-in-the-eye and tells you the sky is green?

About ten years ago, I thought I had a plan to address a chronic, tragic and unnecessary animal welfare problem. I knew from excellent sources (yes – they were anonymous, and impeccable, and remain so) that the local public animal shelter pre-killed animals for space in anticipation of the July Fourth rush. Many (many!) dogs and cats are freaked-out by fireworks, and bolt for parts unknown – ending up in shelters (84 such pets at one facility last year), or under moving cars. It happens every year.

I also knew they had an enclosed courtyard, and that ARF at the time had hundreds of pet crates stored neatly behind their gorgeous facility. So, thought I – why not gear-up a community effort to temporarily house the animals ‘til some are redeemed by their people, others are adopted, and things settle down – basically to help the pig get through the python. I proposed it to the man in-charge.

“We don’t pre-kill,” he said. (Note – he has since departed)

The best I could get from them was an annual Public Service Announcement to the effect that our national holiday celebration is The Worst Day of the Year for your pets – and to please take steps to secure and comfort your animals. I haven’t seen this year’s version of any such announcement.

So, answering the topic Q, you write your own annual plea to anyone within eye-shot. Please, please leave your Fido home when you celebrate. Close the windows (a mere screen is no impediment), draw the blinds, leave some soothing music on the box (no 1812 Overtures, please) and make sure they have extra water. Now’s also a good time to check their tags and microchip registrations, and to be sure you have a good recent photo, just in case.

And for Danvillians, that extends to The Parade. It’s chaotic enough under any circumstances, but when those guys with the shotguns open fire, for a mile, it’s a circle of canine hell for many. Too often I’ve seen a panicked retriever high-tailing it – trailing a leash and leaving its loved ones in the dust. That doesn’t ever end well.

Here are some further Top Ten tips from, and from the American Veterinary Medicine Assn.


End note: CCC Animal Services is offering free "Summer of Love" dog and cat adoptions, through July 8th. Love, indeed, for a lot longer than a summer. Their facebook page is here.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jul 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I would add horses to your list. They are big animals, can and will crash through fencing during fireworks. Corralled cattle also.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jul 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Excellent advice. I will close my windows, lower the blinds, keep the lights dim, and put out extra water. My dogs like to chew so the house will remain relaxing and safe. The TV will be turned off early, and tomorrow they will take their walks earlier.

I hate this holiday.

Posted by Animal lover, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Jul 3, 2017 at 11:29 pm

I will go a step further and say that people need to leave their dogs at home on most occasions. Dogs do not belong on hot crowded streets, they do not belong at the concerts in the park, they do not belong at Costco, and they DO NOT belong on airplanes unless they are licensed service animals, Enough of these idiots getting fake certificates for their "service animals" . A service animal does not bite other passengers! A service animal knows how to behave. Any person who lies about their animal should be put on the permanent do not fly list.

Posted by rahu, a resident of Alamo Elementary School,
on Aug 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

rahu is a registered user.

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