Ventura County Animal Services’ 4th of July Recommendations

“More pets go missing and get injured during the 4th of July season than any other time of year,” says Tara Diller, Director of Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS). “This is due to the panic animals experience when they hear fireworks. Even the most calm house pets become frightened and have been
known to jump through windows and leap 8-foot fences simply to escape the noise. Unfortunately many of these pets end up at VCAS or worse, get hit by cars.”

VCAS has a few tips to keep your pet safe this 4th of July season:

]1) Never bring pets to see fireworks.
2) Keep pets inside with doors, windows and curtains closed.
3) Turn on the TV/Radio to dull the noise of fireworks.
4) Give pets treat-filled toys to occupy their minds.
5) If your pet suffers severe anxiety and fear, your veterinarian may choose to prescribe a sedative. You can also purchase a Thunder Shirt to help pets deal with anxiety. A Thunder Shirt is a vest that applies gentle, constant pressure, to help relieve pets from anxiety.
6) Ensure your pet is wearing an ID tag with your phone number.
7) Microchip your pet. Be sure the microchip is up-to-date and registered. Visit for more information and to register your pet’s microchip.
8) When in doubt, stay home with your cherished pet and comfort them.

Jo Ann DeCollibus, co-founder of Dog Days Search and Rescue, a non-profit organization in Simi Valley that partners with VCAS, helped reunite 47 pets last 4th of July. She and her team of volunteers were boots-on-the-ground, chasing loose pets through residential and woodland areas to help reunite them with their owners.

Animal shelters across the nation fear this time of year more than any other time. With tens of thousands of house-pets within Ventura County, the potential for incident is high.

VCAS averages 248 stray animal intakes during July 2-8. VCAS reminds county residents to “be pet prepared” this 4th of July season.

About Ventura County Animal Services
Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) operates two shelters within the county. The large main shelter in Camarillo houses over 400 pets and the administrative offices. Our smaller facility in Simi Valley houses nearly 40 pets at a time.

Each year, Ventura County Animal Services cares for more than 10,000 animals. Our goal is to reunite lost pets with their owners and find life-long homes for as many animals as possible, while providing proper care during their stay.

Ventura County Animal Services provides contract services for eight cities within our community: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley and Ventura. VCAS enforces local ordinances and state laws within our service areas, including animal cruelty/neglect investigations, leash law compliance, rabies suppression efforts and providing medical care for sick and injured animals.


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