A Message From DARG – Pet Safety over the Diwali Festival

Another post related to keeping your pets safe during loud and noisy celebrations with fireworks:

DARG

Please be aware and KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE:
Cape Town Diwali Festival will be held at Canal Walk on Saturday 27th October and there is going to be FIREWORKS!!
021-8016472 OR 083-415 1580 OR 072-628 4966 are contact numbers for the festival organisers.

PLEASE KEEP ANIMALS SAFE 

With Guy Fawkes (5 November) just a few days away, animal shelters, and resue centres are preparing to receive a flood of lost and stray pets, terrified by the negative effects of fireworks especially loud crackers.

Because animals are able to hear a wider range of sounds than humans can, the sound from fireworks is at least seven times louder to them. Their natural response is to try and escape
the sound with sometimes tragic consequences.

The Animals Protection Act clearly states that “it is illegal for any person to terrify any animal” yet despite the SPCA’s efforts to educate the public on the dangers and legalities of using fireworks and lobbying government for a total ban on the use of fireworks, injuries and trauma to animals occurs each year during fireworks season (Guy Fawkes, New Year, etc).

The Firearms and Explosives Ordinance also makes it illegal for any child under the age of 16 to use or buy fireworks and it is also illegal to use or sell fireworks without an official permit except at an officially designated site. Yet, despite this legislation, fireworks are still sold in many corner cafés to anyone with money to buy and let off at home where they pose a potential danger.

Harming an animal with fireworks will result in prosecution and concerned members of the public are to please report any acts of alleged cruelty to the SPCA 24 hr control centre – 700 4140 /59 or a/h to 083 326 1604. Members of the public can also contact the Metro police 24 hour call centre to lodge complaints regarding illegal firework activities on 021 596 1999.

Please note the following guidelines to help protect your pets:-

• Ensure all animals have identification; ( ID tags or are microchipped )
• If possible, stay at home with them;
• If you can’t be at home, keep your pets inside and preferably in a room that is safe and secure;
• Try and mask any noise by drawing the curtains and playing calming music;
• Put familiar and comforting things around them;
• Give your pets a nutritious and balanced meal at night – this is likely to make them more sleepy;
• Give them something to chew on – a chewy bone or catnip toys for cats;
• If you suspect your pet will react badly to fireworks, then seek professional advice from your veterinarian who may prescribe a sedative to help them cope. There are also effective homeopathic remedies available that may be bought across the counter at vet shops to help keep your pet calm.

-info courtesy of GHSPCA

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