Keeping Santa Clarita Pets Safe For The Holidays
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is reminding potential pet adopters about the sponsored promotion The Twelve Pets of Christmas going on now through Dec. 24.
Adopters can take advantage of $40 off of a dog adoption or $30 off of a cat adoption by visiting here for a coupon. The promotion is valid at all DACC locations and other local animal control agencies.
In the midst of holiday season, the DACC would also like to offer pet owners a few helpful tips as local residents celebrate the holiday season.
“We can get so caught up with all of the holiday festivities, but let’s not forget about our four -legged family members. Our pets rely on us to keep them safe, so keep these tips in mind as you celebrate the holidays,” said DACC Director, Marcia Mayeda.
- Never feed or allow your pets to eat chocolate or other holiday candies. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats and can cause death. If you witness or suspect your pet of eating chocolate, transport him or her to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Shiny ornaments on Christmas trees can be particularly attractive to curious pets. Dogs and cats can suffer serious injuries by chewing and swallowing pieces of tree ornaments.
- Many people add special liquid preservatives to the water in Christmas tree stands. Some of these products are harmful to pets that may drink from the water. Be sure to ask if your Christmas tree is “pet safe,” before you buy it.
- Keep holiday season plants and flowers away from your pets. Many plants, such as Poinsettias, Christmas candles, English Holly, Christmas Berry, Christmas Rose, and Mistletoe are poisonous to cats and dogs.
- Electrical wiring is tempting for cats to play with and dogs to chew. Your pet can suffer a severe shock or even be electrocuted by coming into contact with the electrical current in the line. Make sure your pets cannot or climb onto areas that put wiring within their reach.
In addition to ensuring your pet’s safety, DACC would also like to advise the public of its holiday hours for the remainder of 2012:
- Christmas Eve - Monday, Dec. 24: All DACC locations will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Christmas Day, Dec. 25: All DACC locations will be open for limited operations. Residents may only relinquish animals or pick-up their impounded pet if it is determined to be at the shelter. DACC facilities will not be open for adoptions.
- New Year’s Eve - Monday, Dec. 31: All DACC locations will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To view the full press release, click here.