New Year's Eve can be fun for people, but not always for pets.
Pima Animal Care Center is hoping to reduce the number of lost pets brought into the shelter in the new year. In 2017, PACC took in about 172 stray pets during the first week of the year.
To reduce the number of pets that run away, PACC recommends pet owners follow these tips:
- Keep pets inside during fireworks
- Make sure your pet wears up-to-date identification in case they become lost
- Provide your pet with calming and distracting items, such as toys, a ThunderShirt, or classical music
If you come across a healthy stray, PACC encourages you to take it in to be scanned for a microchip, file a report with PACC's Pet Support Center, and keep the pet with you if possible.