PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dozens of animals found themselves at shelters across the Portland metro area the day after the Fourth of July.
By noon on Friday, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington said it had taken in 22 dogs since Thursday but expected more to come in over the weekend.
Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter in Washington County said 11 dogs and one cat had come in since Thursday night. Ten of those dogs had been returned by midday Friday.
Clackamas County Dog Services received 3 dogs overnight but all were returned to their owners thanks to microchips.
The tally was higher at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Northwest Portland. A total of 87 animals, including dogs, cats and even baby rabbits and an injured crow, were taken to the veterinary hospital. Staff also reported treating animals that had eaten things like chocolate, chicken bones, blue cheese and plastic.
DoveLewis urged pet owners to keep their pets safe through the weekend with the following tips:
· Safely secure pets indoors while fireworks are going off. If dogs must go outside during this time, they should be on a leash and monitored at all times.
· Pets who are extra sensitive to loud noises should not be left alone for extended periods of time.
· Keep used and unused fireworks away from animals at all times.
· Make sure pets are microchipped and wearing identification tags so there is a better chance of being reunited in the event that a pet gets lost. Visit the DoveLewis website for tips on updating your pet’s microchip. (https://www.dovelewis.org/pet-owners/keeping-pets-healthy/blog/pet-microchips-update-its-too-late)
· Talk to your veterinarian about whether the use of a mild sedative is appropriate.
· Keep all food out of a pet’s reach, and make sure trash bags are tightly secured.