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What to do if your pet runs away during a major holiday

Posted at 3:57 AM, Jul 05, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — After every major holiday, including the Fourth of July, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region tends to see an uptick in lost and runaway pets.

That's because there tends to be family get-togethers, with doors swinging open, and in this case, the added sound of fireworks could spook a dog or cat.

Even though it can be a scary time for any pet owner, here are some steps you can take to try and make sure your pet returns to you safely.

  1. Fill out a Lost Report (you can access that form here.)That way if your dog or cat ends up at an HSPPR shelter, their description is easily searchable.
  2. Visit the shelter in person.HSPPR will keep dogs five days and cats three days before putting them up for adoption if there aren't any owner leads, so if you visit the shelter in person you can verify whether your pet has already been found.
  3. Keep your tags on your pet at all times.This can help a shelter easily contact you and reunite you with your pet.
  4. If you find your pet or someone else's, fill out a Found Report (you can access that form here.)This can avoid your pet or someone else's from being put up for adoption.