Animal control: Pets and fireworks aren't good mix
While they can be fun for humans, Fourth of July celebrations with fireworks can be traumatizing for small animals.
More dogs run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year. For many, fireworks trigger their flight instinct. Sudden loud booms, flashes and the smell of something burning can traumatize dogs.
Burleson's Animal Control is reminding residents to keep small animals away from areas where fireworks could be ignited.
Dogs are not permitted for these reasons at the city's Fourth of July concert and fireworks show at Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex.
If leaving a dog at home, pet owners are encouraged to try using a travel kennel or have someone regularly check on the dog.
Burleson's Animal Control is also asking pet owners to visit for a microchipping before Independence Day. The fee is $15, regardless of residency. Owners will be required to provide proof of rabies vaccination to get a microchip. The microchip has a unique identification number that links a pet to the owner’s personal information, so if lost the chances of reuniting are good. A veterinarian, animal shelter or humane society can use a scanner to read the pet’s chip. The microchip is the only permanent way of identifying a dog or cat and it lasts the lifetime of that pet.
If your pet turns up missing, it is important that you stop by the Burleson Animal Shelter, 775 SE John Jones Dr., to view the animals at least once every 72 hours. You may submit a form online, email email@example.com or call 817-426-9283 to make a report. It is important to send an email to the shelter with a picture of the lost or found animal so that shelter staff knows exactly what to look for.
When calling to report a missing pet, include the owner's name, owner's address, contact phone numbers and description of the pet. Also include any identification tag numbers your pet may be wearing. The shelter staff maintains a list of all the animals reported missing or found.
If you find a pet, you can also submit a form online, email and call. The online link to report a found pet is the same link to report a lost pet. If it is after hours, you can check the found pet for a microchip at the Burleson Animal Emergency Hospital on Alsbury Boulevard, near Albertsons. Do not give away or rehome a found pet.
The Burleson Animal Shelter is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.