Here it is, the third of July. As our country prepares to celebrate its 233rd year of independence, we here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona prepare for the magnificent fireworks show.
We are very proud to be part of a community that celebrates this wonderful day. But we have to be prepared for the how the fireworks are going to affect our animals. Many animals, dogs as well as cats, are extremely frightened by the sounds of fireworks exploding. We have a few volunteers who come in and stay inside the enclosures during the fireworks display, walking back and forth speaking to everyone in a calming tone to assure everyone that they are safe and not alone. For some, this simple assurance is enough. But some do require more.
Some animals can be so terrified by the sound of fireworks that they may require medication to make it through what they see as an extremely traumatic event. This is something you will need to talk your veterinarian about.
This fear can also be brought on by thunder. And, yes, blessedly monsoon season seems to be arriving. As the huge thunderheads build in the afternoon, we need to be aware of how the thunder affects dogs. Some dogs just need a hiding place such as a kennel or closet where they can nestle in and feel safe. But, as in the case of fireworks, some may need more. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you have about these subjects. There are different kinds of medication that can be used, and only you and your vet can decide which would work best in your situation.
July also brings with it the truly hot days. We all need to be sure that all our animals — dogs, cats horses, ferrets, etc. — have a place to escape the heat, even if it’s just an out of the way, shady spot. It’s also very important to keep plenty of fresh water available at all times.
Thanks for your interest in this column and thanks so much for caring about the animals of this community. If you’d like to learn more about what we do, or would like to be one of the volunteers who make it all possible, or just come to meet the many wonderful animals available for adoption, we are located at 812 S. McLane Road. Our phone number is (928) 474-5590 or we can be found online at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Happy Independence Day!
Adoptable cats and kittens
It’s kitten season and we have them in all shapes, colors and personalities. We have a few adult cats with easygoing personalities which may suit someone in a calm household. We have a special price for those of you who may want to adopt two. We encourage you to come in and see what we have, and maybe one of these adorable faces will spark some interest, and touch your heart.