PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —Neighborhoods across the country have been dealing with a frenzy of fireworks set off at all hours of the night. People aren’t the only ones stressed out by the noisy nuisance.
Many scared cats and dogs bolt from loud sounds. If your pet is easily spooked, it’s important more than ever that they are microchipped, in case they get out of the house and end up lost.
“And in a county like Delaware County, where there is not (just) one shelter for lost pets, every municipality operates differently,” said Justina Calgiano, spokesperson for Providence Animal Center in Media. “If a pet does cross borough or township lines, he or she could really end up anywhere: It could be a private citizen, it could be a vet hospital, it could be a shelter in another county.
“There are a number of places that people look, and quite honestly, you really don’t know where to look.”
For that reason, Calgiano emphasized the importance of microchipping your pets. If your pet already has identification technology embedded under their skin, make sure the information is up to date.
“The most important thing is that phone number,” she said. “A phone call is what will happen to reunite.”
As more coronavirus restrictions ease, elective veterinary procedures are returning too, including microchipping and other low-cost programs.