Mesa Animal Control would like to remind residents that pets can become highly distressed by the additional noise, lights and commotion involved with Independence Day celebrations. With fireworks during the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom in downtown Mesa on July 4; various Fourth of July fireworks shows; and state law allowing the legal use of fireworks through July 6 on private property, with the property owner’s permission, pet owners are encouraged to follow these tips to prevent problems:
- Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so an owner can be contacted if the animal does escape. This includes current licenses for dogs.
- Do not take your pets with you to any outdoor activity where there will be a fireworks display.
- Leave your pets inside your home with the television or radio on to help cover noise from fireworks. Close the blinds so bright flashing lights do not further alarm your pets. Crate your pets if they are used to being in a crate.
- Never leave your pets in the car; they could suffer serious health effects, including death, within a few short minutes of being left in a hot car. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air but do provide an opportunity for your pet or vehicle to be stolen.
- If your pet escapes, go to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter at 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa to check for your animal. Call 602-506-7387 for shelter hours.
If you find a lost pet, call Mesa Animal Control at 480-644-2268 to request a pickup. Office hours are normally Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 and will resume regular hours on Wednesday, July 5.