Riverside County Animal Services emphasizes pet safety this New Year’s Eve.

Celebratory noises can frighten pets and cause them to run away to escape the noise.

The following is a December 29, 2023 news release from the Riverside County Department of Animal Services:

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — As residents prepare to usher in the new year, animal services officials are urging pet families to keep their pets safe and secure and keep them out of local shelters. Do what you can.


“With New Year’s Eve around the corner, now is a good time to put up gates and fences where pets can escape quickly. Sounds like celebration, just like we feel on the 4th of July for animals. can be a nuisance to them, causing them to look for hiding places and potentially go missing,” said Erin Gatiss, director of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

Gattis advises that pet families plan ahead:

  • Secure your home, backyard and property to prevent pets from getting loose.
  • Make sure pets are wearing collar ID tags whenever they are outside.
  • Microchip your pet.
  • Keep pets indoors in a quiet room during the celebration.
  • Register pets now in the Petco Love Lost portal. www.rcdas.org.

Petco Love Lost is a nonprofit central database for lost and found pets and the only lost and found tool using photo identification technology to reunite pets and people. It is free to the public. People can register today by uploading a photo of their pet: http://tinyurl.com/yckej92w

Gattis added: “Awareness and preparedness make a difference. We want your pets to be safe with you. Not in our shelters.”

visit www.rcdas.org For more information.

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