Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Society offers New Year’s
tips for pets’ safety

Star-Bulletin staff

Officials at the Hawaiian Humane Society recommend the following precautions to keep animals safe from the noise and sparks from fireworks during New Year's:

>> Make sure all pets are wearing identification tags in case your pet becomes lost. If you do not have a tag, write your phone number on the pet's collar. Your veterinarian can also give your pet a microchip ID for permanent identification. Also, keep several photographs of each pet handy.

>> When the fireworks begin, keep pets indoors in an area where they will feel protected. Pets that normally live outside should be brought into the garage or enclosed lanai.

>> If possible, stay with pets to comfort them, particularly if they are excitable.

>> Contact a veterinarian if you think your pet may need sedatives. Do not give human tranquilizers to animals.

If you find a lost animal, call the Hawaiian Humane Society at 946-2187, ext. 285, or bring the animal to the shelter. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, including New Year's Day, to receive lost animals and for emergency rescues.

If you lose a pet, come to the shelter during visiting hours to look for the animal and to report it lost. Bring a photo of your pet. Visiting hours are noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and New Year's Eve. The animal shelter will be closed to visiting on New Year's Day.

For more information, go to the Humane Society's Web site,

Hawaiian Humane Society

E-mail to City Desk


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