El Paso Animal Services wants pet owners to be proactive before the Fourth of July

El Paso News

El Paso Animal Services will canvas Northeast El Paso homes Friday morning to hand out informational flyers and temporary dog tags.

The City of El Paso Animal Services Director Paula Powell tells KTSM the month of July always brings in more found animals than any other month in the year.

Last year, more than 800 pets were taken to the shelter after the Fourth of July, almost 300 of which were from the northeast side of town.

Powell says the shelter is almost at capacity right now, and canvasing these homes could avoid even more animals from coming in and putting them over capacity. 

“We have a large population right now and the more dogs we have that come in the more uncomfortable it would be for the dogs that are in our population,” says Powell.

If you want to take extra precautions before the Fourth of July make sure your dogs have a tag and that the information on it is up to date.

Also, make sure that your pets are locked inside while fireworks are going off and keep all doors closed around your home. 

If your pet does get lost click here  to see if it has been turned into the shelter.

But, if you happen to find a lost animal, Powell says the best thing to do is to try and keep it for a few days and put flyers up around the spot where it was found. 

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