4th of July is imminent. Many pets will be frightened by flashes of light and loud noises like fireworks and firecrackers. Here are best tips to find your lost pet in Pima County and what to do if you find a lost pet:
How to find your lost pet:
• Post flyers and notices around the neighborhood immediately.
• Go to the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) website daily to see animals that have been picked up as strays or turned in by the community. The intake list is frequently updated.
• Keep in mind that if an animal is not claimed within 3 full days by their owner, the pet will be evaluated for adoption or rescue.
• File a lost report with Pima Animal Care Center by calling 243-5900, as well as filing one with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. And make sure you check with both shelters about any found pet reports.
• Go to both shelters if you can. What one person would describe as a pit bull mix might be what another would describe as a lab mix. Coming in person helps reduce the chances of breed identification errors.
• Check online at Pet Harbor and Found Pets dot org which are clearinghouses for found pets throughout Pima County, compiling lists from PACC and the general community.
• Visit the Lost and Found Pets of Pima County and Lost Dogs Arizona Facebook pages, as well as checking Craigslist.
• Check with neighbors, as well as nearby veterinarians and groomers, to see if they’ve had word on your pet and post flyers there.
If you find a lost pet, you have another option besides dropping them at the shelter:
• You can file a FOUND report at PACC by calling 520-243-5900. If you can keep the animal at your home for even a few days, it will greatly relieve the shelter overcrowding at this busy time of year. You can always stop by a vet office to have them scan for a microchip.
Finally, make sure your pet is micro-chipped and that your contact information is updated. You should also license your pet. It’s the law, but it’s also the best way to help find you if your pet ends up in a shelter. It’s only $15 a year for a dog that has been spayed or neutered.
The above information is courtesy of PACC. Photo: 9-year-old She is now showing upper respiratory symptoms and has been moved to sickbay to start treatment. As a combination of the URI, her age, and her weight, she is not feeling well at all. She is lethargic and seems very depressed. She needs a loving home! Is that you? URGENT!
Here’s a firecracker story with more tips but unfortunately does not have a happy ending. It wasn’t even 4th of July.