Animal Owners are Responsible for Securing Their Pets Over the 4th of July Weekend

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Many have expressed concern that the animal shelter is closed for intakes with the 4th of July weekend approaching. It is typically a very busy weekend for animals being brought to the shelter. It is important to understand the shelter is in a crisis overcrowding situation. The existing staff is in crisis. They can not handle more animals. The County will not require it of them.

This 4th of July weekend, Animal Resources and Care are asking animal owners to make every effort to secure their pets.

Helpful tips include:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades, and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places, and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s a great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.

Read more 4th of July pet safety tips.

  • Will the C of G or UF be setting off fireworks on the
    4th? Pets don’t like the sound of fireworks or firecrackers…

  • Shouldn’t the City of Gainesville be in charge of securing their pets as well?

    Make Poe and his cohorts stow them.

  • How about taking the animals to Grace Marketplace and letting the residents take care of them temporarily? It sounds like they might need a new leader if the staff is in crisis. The county would have more money to pay staff more per hour and attract more employees if so much money weren’t wasted on stupid things. We need Leadership not more Greedership.

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