Fourth of July Safety Tips

What may be fun for people on the Fourth, loud noises and bright flashes, can terrify your dog or cat.

Pet owners worried about the Fourth of July celebrations can take steps to prevent pets from becoming lost.

The Pima Animal Care Center recommends owners:

• Keep pets inside during the fireworks.

• Make sure pet wears proper up-to-date identification in case they become lost.

• Provide your pet with calming and distracting items, such as classical music, wearable calming materials, or enrichment toys such as a one with peanut butter inside.

• Get your pet microchipped beforehand and keep your contact info up to date.

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The shelter is still offering free microchips for pets at 4000 N. Silverbell Road through July 3.

If a pet gets lost, owners can call PACC's Pet Support Center and check the lost and found webpage.

PACC will be waiving pet redemption fees and only charge owners with a pets license fee, when applicable, a press release said.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.