Each year, Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) sees an influx of pets lost around the Independence Day holiday. Loud and unexpected noises, excursions to new places, and seeing new people can all contribute to changes in pet behavior which may result in them becoming lost.
“Statistics show that more dogs are lost over the Independence Day holiday than any other time of year, and in past years our shelter has always seen an uptick in our lost pets in the days surrounding July fourth,” says Becky Spencer, Director of PCAPS. “A combination of microchipping and having a collar and tag on your pet at all times is highly recommended. We want to ensure all lost pets get back home safely.”
When an Animal Control Officer finds a stray animal with identification, they can immediately contact the owner and take it to their home, bypassing the shelter altogether.
PCAPS is able to offer free pet microchipping without an appointment thanks to a generous grant. Residents can simply bring animal(s) and a photo ID to the shelter during normal operating hours. Please note the PCAPS office is closed July 4, 2023, in observance of Independence Day.
In addition, there are multiple steps you can take to help lessen the chances of your pet becoming lost:
• Do not take pets to fireworks shows. Leave them safe at home.
• Keep exit doors, gates, and fences secure at all times.
• Make sure your pet’s collar, tags, and microchip information are up to date.
• Take an updated photo to share in case your pet goes missing.
• Keep firecrackers, sparklers, and party/picnic foods out of pets’ reach.
The PCAPS office is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Animals for adoption can be viewed Monday–Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. There is no appointment necessary to view animals for adoption or to have your pet microchipped. For more information, contact PCAPS at (309) 672-2440 or firstname.lastname@example.org