What to do about lost or found pets after the 4th of July fireworks excitement in Sacramento County.
Every year, even though everyone is warned about watching over cats and dogs to make sure they don't run away out of panic from all the noise of area fireworks, our pets manage to escape anyway. I know that long before nightfall our cats are kept in the house and forbidden to go outside. They don't understand, but when the booming and banging of fireworks start, I'm so glad they are in and safe.
Charlie is mostly a mild-mannered and calm kitty, but when there are big noises - even thunder during storms - he runs to the other end of the house trying to get away from the scary booms. When that doesn't work, he runs again back through the house. If he were outside at that time, I fear he would just keep running and get hopelessly lost.
His little sister Lucy tend to look to him for the lead when she's nervous, so we would almost certainly lose them both. I become snappy with everyone who wants to let the cats out during these times, even though we get the sad faces and little squeaky cries. The cats really know how to tug at our hearts to get what they want, but this is one time that Mama knows best, and I have to resist.
This morning I heard a report on the TV news about Sacramento County Animal Regulation. This is a great facility, but clearly none of us want our pets to end up there. According to their spokesperson, last night they picked up 69 dogs and 173 cats in 12 hours. That is more calls about strays in one night than they normally receive in a week.
Because of the county's tight budget, they are doing everything they can to pick up animals who might otherwise become injured or sick. They are expending all of their resources to that end. If you feel that your pet might have been picked up, please don't call the shelter to ask them to look for it. They are so busy getting animals off the street that they don't have time to look on your behalf right now.
Your best bet to find your pet is to show up in person at their facility located at 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento. You will be assisted with the search process if needed, and you can save your pet and bring it home. There will be a small fee, but you will have protected your dear pet.
If you have found a lost pet and you don't know its owner, you can either call (916) 368-7387 for them to pick it up or you can bring the animal to the Bradshaw Road facility yourself.
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