With Canada Day coming up soon, the PEI Humane Society is reminding everyone to look out for the safety and wellbeing of their furry friends.
Canada Day celebrations can be scary for pets. Fireworks, large crowds and loud music are common triggers and can be frightening for some animals. Pets can bolt or hide, and this can result in dangerous circumstances for the pet and everyone involved.
Though some communities on PEI may not be celebrating this year, private parties can affect both pets in attendance and pets several houses down the road.
“For the safety of both you and your pet, bringing your pet to a house party is not a great idea,” says Sam Wojack, AVC Clicker Trainer at the PEI Humane Society.
Wojack says that if you are hosting a party this Canada Day, pets can be home, but some precautions should be taken. “If there is the option to have a safe space for your dog in your own home – that’s ideal. That way they can have the option to withdraw from the crowd when they want to.” If you’re planning to attend a party outside of your home this year, leaving pets at home is the safest bet, says Wojack. “Playing some white noise or melodic piano music and keeping windows closed will help your pets ignore any celebrations in the neighborhood.”
The PEI Humane Society also wants to remind Islanders that community celebrations can sometimes be overwhelming for pets. Ensuring that your pet is secured on a leash and has lots of water available to them throughout the day is important.
About the PEIHS: The PEI Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization that operates the Island’s only shelter for lost, injured and homeless companion animals.
Mission: To advance animal welfare protection province-wide aligned to the Animal Welfare Act, and champion best practices in prevention, sheltering, and placement of companion animals. For more information regarding the Society’s programs and services, visit www.peihumanesociety.com.
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PEI Humane Society
902-892-1190 ext 32