Many pets end up in area shelters in the weeks surrounding holidays like New Year’s Eve because they become frightened by all the fireworks. Our KXAN mascot Kaxan has these tips for keeping your pet safe and happy!
The Austin Animal Center is asking for the community’s help this week. Citizens who find loose pets are encouraged to walk the pet around, knock on doors, and post on sites like Nextdoor and Facebook. Data collected both locally and nationally shows that most pets are found within a few blocks of their homes and they have a greater chance of getting back home if they stay in the community. If the finder or a neighbor cannot safely hold onto the pet, they can call 311 to reach an Animal Protection Officer.
The Animal Center echoes Kaxan’s advice about how pet owners can be prepared for the fireworks that happen during New Year’s Eve celebrations, such as walking their dogs in daylight hours, shutting windows, turning on the TV or radio, and making sure their pets are microchipped.
Austin Animal Center is open for adoptions on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm as well as Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Center will be closed on New Year’s Day. AAC welcomes adopters, fosters, and rescue partners to take home any of the hundreds of adoptable animals.
Source: Austin Animal Center/City of Austin