Tips for protecting pets during Independence Day excitement

The 4th of July can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Long Beach Animal Care Services reminds all animal owners that they can save themselves and their pets a tremendous amount of heartache and anxiety by following a few simple suggestions:

• Keep pets indoors, if possible, or confined to a secure area (never tether an animal because it can lead to more harm or an accidental death)
• Double-check yard gates to make sure pets cannot escape
• Make certain pets are wearing identification, including the name and current telephone number of owner
Anyone who loses an animal in the cities of Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Signal Hill or Cerritos should visit or the City of Long Beach’s pet “lost and found” online at If a lost pet is not seen online, pet owners may visit the local shelter in person on Wednesday, July 7, between the hours of 10am and 5:30pm. The shelter is located at 7700 E. Spring St.
The shelter will be closed July 4–6, but Animal Control officers will be responding 24 hours a day to emergency calls, such as stray and injured animals, and animals that have bitten or scratched others.
Animal Care staff will contact owners of lost pets that have ID tags or microchips. Animals with identification will be held at the Village for 14 days, pending being claimed by their owner. Animals without identification will be held for a minimum of six days before being evaluated for adoption.

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(562) 570-PETS (7387)

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