As we prepare to farewell 2018 with a bang, the RPSCA is warning pet owners to take special precautions to ensure their furry friends are safe and secure during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
RSPCA Qld spokesman Michael Beatty said fireworks may be fun for humans, but every year they create havoc amongst the animal population.
“It’s likely that scores of animals will end up at our shelters or council pounds,” Mr Beatty said.
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“The sad part is that it’s easily preventable. Despite the warnings many people still don’t seem to understand the devastating effect fireworks can have on some animals.
“Often they will panic and end up on the road where of course they run the risk of being hit by cars. Sometimes they’re found kilometres from their homes.”
RSPCA said the easiest way to make sure pets are safe during News Years Eve celebrations is by ensuring they’re in a secure environment and one that they feel comfortable with.
“Ideally they should be kept inside the house and if this is not possible then inside the garage or somewhere where they feel at ease and know well,” Mr Beatty said.
All pet owners are also being encouraged to make sure their pets identification is up to date.
“It’s very hard to reunite pets with their owners if they don’t have identification that includes the owners’ telephone numbers,” RSPCA warned.
“Ideally they should also be micro-chipped. We also recommend that horses should be securely stabled or removed to a location away from the fireworks.”