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Dec 31, 2013 9:59 PM by Stefanie Boe

Keep your pets safe while ringing in the New Year

TUCSON - As you ring in the New Year, don't forget about your pets. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has some helpful tips for pet owners.

• Keep your pet indoors and, for pets with extreme sensitivity, create a den-like environment if possible such as a crate, room or walk-in closet free of windows
• If you can, stay home with your pet to provide comfort and security
• Turn on a TV or radio to provide soothing sounds that will distract your pet from outside noises
• Make sure your pet has a well-fitted collar and identification tags

If your pet does become lost, immediately call the HSSA's Lost and Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111, and the county shelter, Pima Animal Care Center, at 793-5900 to file a lost report and gather information on conducting an effective search.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be closed New Year's Day, Jan. 1, but PAWSH stores will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at La Encantada and noon-6 p.m. at Park Place. Both PetSmart Irvington and PetSmart North will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for cat adoptions only.

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