The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro will be open on Tuesday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for limited services, including stray dog intake and reunions between lost animals and their owners. Finders should first call 503-846-7039 before bringing an animal to the shelter. Shelter staff may have information, such as a lost report for the animal, and be able to facilitate a quick reunion with the animal’s owner near where the animal was found.
Now is the time for owners to take proactive measures to keep their animals safe during the Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks may cause pets to panic and escape from their enclosures or to bolt away from their owners. Even pets that have never seemed bothered by loud noises before can develop new fears.
Things pet owners can do:
- Verify that pets' tags and microchips have current and updated information, and that your dog is licensed.
- Check fences to make sure there are no loose boards, holes or other places where a frightened dog could escape. Double check that all gates are securely latched.
- Pick a room in your home that can provide a safe space for your pet during the festivities and fireworks. Help your pet become comfortable and create a positive association with the room before the fireworks start. This space can also become a safe refuge for your pet if they get overwhelmed by houseguests or daytime celebrations as well.
- Call your veterinarian to discuss medication or other options for reducing your pet’s fear if you think your pet might be afraid of loud noises.
- Keep dogs on a leash while outside during the Fourth of July holiday, even in your own backyard.
For additional information on what to do if you lose or find a pet, visit www.WashingtonCountyPets.com and click on “Lost and Found Pets.”
Washington County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter are located at 1901 SE 24th Avenue in Hillsboro, just off Tualatin Valley Highway by Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Media contact available at the shelter on July 4 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.:
Animal Behavior & Outreach Coordinator, Washington County Animal Services