To the Editor: Shelter offers two clinics

It’s that time of year again when the booming and banging of fireworks will scare your pets and cause them to escape. The Ridgecrest Animal Shelter wants to make sure that if your pets do get out and get picked up, you can be reunited with your pets quickly. The 4th of July is the worst time of year for animals, and the staff at the shelter want to ensure your pet’s safety. To do this the shelter will host a microchip and name tag clinic through July 3. No appointment is needed.

The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are located at 411 San Bernardino Blvd. (also known as County Line Road). The cost of the microchip is $12, name tags are $ 4 and the best deal is the microchip and name tag combo for $ 15. You save a buck and possibly your pets’ lives by protecting them with as much identification as possible.

If your pets are already microchipped, be sure that the chip is registered with the microchip company and/or the shelter and that you have current and updated information. Licensing is just as important; the Ridgecrest Police Department has access to the license database, so if a pet is found the police can provide owner information. Whatever type of identification you choose to use, please be sure the correct information is available.

Whether you are going out to see fireworks or staying home here are some tips to help keep your pets safe.

1. Do not leave dogs or cats outside

2. Turn on the TV or radio to muffle outside noise

3. Be sure your pet is tagged, licensed or microchipped in case he or she escapes

4. Check with your vet about options to alleviate anxiety

5. Provide your pet with a special chewy or knuckle bone to keep him/her distracted from the noise

6. If it’s necessary to be outside with your dog during the fireworks, make sure each dog is secure on a leash or harness

7. Avoid taking pets to see fireworks

More pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year. For those of us in Ridgecrest, there will be two events this year, the one at the fairgrounds on June 29 and the one in your neighborhood on July 4.

Please protect your pets and bring them in, have them chipped, tagged and kept safe. Clear identification can be a pet’s ticket home.

For more information call the shelter at 760-499-5190.

Mary Stage

Story First Published: 2019-06-21