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Protect pets on the Fourth

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Nora Ankrum

The Austin Animal Center has issued a reminder that the noise and lights from fireworks on the Fourth of July can startle pets and prompt attempts at escape. The center is encouraging pet owners to minimize animals’ stress on the holiday by ensuring that pets get exercise during the day, bringing pets indoors at night, closing curtains and blinds, and providing distraction with soft music or television. The center also is encouraging pet owners to get pets microchipped ahead of the holiday; ID tags and microchips from the center are free for all Austin and Travis County pet owners. Anyone in search of a lost pet can get helpful information, including listings of the center’s animals, here. The center is waiving reclaim fees from July 4-9, and given continued overcrowding at the center, adoption fee waivers remain in place through July 9 as well. The center will be open on the holiday, with abbreviated hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People who find lost pets are encouraged to report the matter to 311 and, when possible, to house them safely for a few days before handing them over to the shelter.

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