Central California SPCA offers advice to avoid lost pets on July 4

The Fresno BeeJune 24, 2014 

Crowds of people, sparklers and fireworks can be overwhelming for pets. So the Central California SPCA has issued a list of safety tips to keep fuzzy friends safe.

More pets become lost during the July 4 holiday than any other time of year, according to Walter Salvari, a spokesman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Salvari said that normally they take 55 to 70 animals daily into their shelter. During the July 4 holiday, that will likely hit 80 to 90 pets.

The CCSPCA advises owners to make sure collars with identification tags are on at all times, gates are closed and locked, and to keep pets away from flammable objects like sparklers, candles, and barbecues. Make sure pets have plenty of water and do not leave pets unattended if adorned with costumes.

Until July 6, the CCSPCA is offering $10 microchipping services for animals, normally $35 with registration. Microchiped animals are registered in the national 24PetWatch.com database. For more information visit www.ccspca.com or call (559) 233-7722.

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