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The Jacksonville Humane Society Reminds People to Keep Pets Safe this Independence Day

Some holiday celebrations are harmful for pets

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is encouraging families to keep pets safe this Fourth of July weekend.   

“While fireworks and parties are Independence Day traditions that many people enjoy, Fourth of July celebrations are scary for some animals,” said Danya Parks-Freel, director of operations at JHS.  “Many pets go missing or suffer severe injuries during Fourth of July celebrations, so it is important pet owners take precautions to ensure the safety of their pets.”


Parks-Freel says a few simple steps can help keep your pet safe on Independence Day.


·          Do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended near pets.  Alcohol is poisonous to pets and can lead to weakness and depression or even death.


·          Keep your pets on their regular diet.  Dietary changes can give pets indigestion and diarrhea, so do not give your animals human foods.  Keep onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough out of animals’ reach as they are toxic to pets.


·          Provide your pet with a quiet and safe place during holiday festivities.   Keep pets inside and away from doors or open windows.  Many pets run away when scared by fireworks, visitors or other excitement.  Startled animals can jump fences and get lost or injured trying to seek refuge from loud noises.


·          Do not take your pet to fireworks displays.  Because pets are often scared of loud noises, it is best not to bring them to Independence Day events.


·          Ensure your pets always wear identification.  If your pet goes missing, people can easily find your name and phone number on your animal’s tag and microchip.


“If you find a dog or cat, you should take the pet to the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS),” said Parks-Freel.  “ACPS serves as a central clearinghouse for all missing and stray animals in the River City.  If your pet goes missing, file a report with ACPS by calling 904.630.CITY and visit our Web site at for more lost-pet resources.” 


About the Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society, founded in 1885, serves more than 4,000 animals each year. JHS is a no-kill, non-profit center for animal welfare and education that serves as a resource for all companion-animal related issues. The organization is dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for animals by matching people with the pet that is right for them.  JHS is an independent organization and is not an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).



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