The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters. Many companion animals flee the night before and are found miles from their homes, disoriented and exhausted. Pet owners end up searching their neighborhood streets and shelters looking for their beloved family member whose
fear drove them to break a leash, dig under a wall or jump a high fence. Regrettably, these terrified animals wind up lost, injured or accidentally killed.
Banfield Pet Hospital identifies four keys to keeping your pet safe this Fourth of July holiday:
Have your pet properly identified – make sure your pet is wearing a collar and the identification tag is current and readable. Proper identification tags will help local neighbors contact you should they find your pet. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your pet has a microchip that’s up to date with your current contact information. Most shelters, veterinarians and animal control centers have scanners that can read the information contained on the microchip.
Food safety –holiday food favorites are hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, but it can be a dangerous attraction for pets. The smell of delicious food is hard to resist for all of us and especially pets. To avoid accidents and fire hazards, keep pets away from matches, lighters, and outside grills. Dispose of all meat trays, bags, tin foil, or other food containers to prevent your pet from eating the plastic or Styrofoam. Tasty foods for humans may be toxic to pets, so be aware. Check out this list of Summer Toxins foods from Banfield Pet Hospital’s website.
Fireworks – we all want to share holiday celebrations with our furry family members, but its best to resist that urge during Fourth of July. Protect their sensitive ears and eyes by keeping your pet in a quiet, sheltered and “escape-proof” area of your home. Prevent harm by creating a safe environment. Create white noise and block outside sights and sounds by lowering blinds, turning on the TV or playing soothing music. If your pet is known to have anxiety, it’s a good idea to check with your veterinarian before the 4th for recommended products or medications.
Be prepared – Have a plan so that you know what to do in case your pet escapes or becomes lost. Keep your veterinarian number handy and familiarize yourself with local animal care facilities, shelters and emergency veterinary hospitals. If your pet does run away, immediately post flyers with a photo of your pet around the neighborhood, especially at schools, parks and dog parks.
The best way to enjoy your Fourth of July celebration with your pets is to exclude them from the holiday festivities. Finding a safe, secure location in your home ensures they will be there when you get back. Your pet will thank you.
To view BARL's adoptable pets on your phone, go to www.petfinder.com and type in the 39601 zip code.
BARL participates in transport
programs with other organizations,
allowing our puppies,
and some adult dogs,
to be transported to
shelters similar to
BARL in other parts
of the country.
These shelters are
located in areas that
do not have a homeless
pet problem and people
actually stand in line to
We are able to send a puppy on transport for only $10. Will you please give $10? Possibly set up a $10 per month donation for the puppies. We'll be glad to get it set up for you.
Whether it's a one time donation of $10 or a monthly donation of $10, we hope you'll help send these puppies to find their perfect, forever homes.
We need you!
PLEASE volunteer to help the animals...
Our animals need some Helping Hands at the Adoption Center. What can you do to help? Do you have a few hours? An extra day off? Or can you pay someone to volunteer for you?! If so, here are some opportunities to help our canine and/or feline friends:
---Laundry - (Yes, animals have laundry too – bedding, towels, toys)
---Dishes - (Non-breakable! Food Bowls, Water Buckets)
---Kennel Cleaning - (You get to use a Squeegee!!)
---General Cleaning - (Office, Restroom, Hallway)
---Feeding - (No cooking necessary)
(Brushing, playing, walking, bathing the animals)
---Gift Wrapping -
(aka packing recyclable printer cartridges for mailing)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-757-4367
for more information. The animals look
forward to seeing you!
Register for "Dog Days of Summer" kids camp before July 20th!
Camp will be held July 27th - 31st. Registration is $75 and the camp is worth every penny. It's educational and fun.
Sign up today!
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Keep your dog's paw pads safe during the summer. Hot asphalt and concrete can scorch their pads.
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Your donations keep us going...
BARL is a 501 (c)3 charity and donations are
tax-deductible. We do not receive any government funding and depend on donations from the public, businesses, grants and our numerous fund-raising efforts. Please give when you can.
The Brookhaven Animal Rescue League was established in 1981 and is a nonprofit, limited-admission, volunteer-based animal welfare organization.