As residents prepare to usher in the new year, animal services officials are urging pet families to do what they can to keep their pets safe and secure and out of local shelters. do Side gates and fences where pets can escape quickly. Celebratory noises, like the ones we experience on the Fourth of July, can be distracting to animals, causing them to seek hiding places and possibly get lost,” Riverside County Department of Animal Services director Erin Gattis said. Gattis advises that pet families plan ahead: Secure your home, backyard and property to prevent pets from getting loose. Animals are wearing collar ID tags whenever outside. Microchip your pets. Keep pets inside.