Ringing in the New Year Safely with Your Furry Friends from LA Animal Services


LA Animal Services Media Contacts:
Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or agnes.sibal@lacity.org
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or justin.khosrowabadi@lacity.org

Ringing in the New Year Safely with Your Furry Friends from LA Animal Services

Los Angeles, December 31, 2020 – Welcoming the New Year often includes celebrating with fireworks, noisemakers, loud music, and champagne, which can be dangerous and frightening for our beloved pets. As we get ready to countdown to 2021, LA Animal Services would like to help you prepare for a safe New Year’s Eve with your pets with the following safety tips:

  • Keep your pet indoors. Many pets become scared and escape their homes during New Year’s Eve due to loud sounds from fireworks. The best way to keep your pets safe is to make sure they stay indoors and in an enclosed room, if possible. If you allow your pet outside to go to the bathroom, be sure that your gates or fence are secure or that your pet stays on a leash. Loud noises from fireworks can be very intimidating and may cause a scared dog to find the smallest opening in a fence and escape. Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets by burning them or if accidentally ingested.
  • Create a calming environment. While celebrating, it is easy to forget that loud sounds from celebratory poppers or noisemakers can scare your four-legged friend. Creating a safe place in your home, like a room or crate with their favorite toy, will provide your pet a cozy and quiet space, if needed. You can also play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds.
  • Keep alcohol and people food away from pets. Alcoholic beverages are very toxic to pets. Ensure alcoholic drinks and foods are kept out of reach at all times. Dogs and cats can suffer very serious and sometimes fatal consequences from consuming too much rich and fatty foods, like yeast dough, chocolate, and from just plain overeating.
  • Always make sure your pet has up-to-date identification. If for any reason your pet escapes or becomes lost, a collar with a current license and/or ID tag on them and a microchip that is registered with your current contact information, will help reunite you with your companion animal.
  • What to do if you and your pet become separated. Contact the nearest LA Animal Services Center near you, and let them know that you lost your pet — providing them with specific information about what your pet looks like, and whether they are microchipped and if they are wearing a license or tag. You may also look at our LA CIty Lost and Found Pets Facebook page or at the animals posted on our website who have been turned in to our Centers and might be lost pets. 
By keeping these safety precautions in mind, New Year’s Eve can be a fun and safe celebration for you and your four-legged family members as you say ‘goodbye’ to 2020, and say hello to 2021! 
From all of us at LA Animal Services, here’s to a New Year filled with kitty purrs and puppy kisses!
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Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six services centers serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people. LA Animal Services also is part of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) national coalition as a Tier 1 animal organization offering pet owners with access to resources to keep their pets home; helping to get lost pets home quickly without having to enter the shelter system; providing food and medical assistance; and continuing to build on a strong foster program to house more pets in foster homes. Visit our link.tree for helpful links to the services and resources available to you and your companion animals. Connect with LA Animal Services and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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