Keep pets safe on New Year's Eve

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – New Year's Eve can be a scary time for pets. They may get frightened by firecrackers, horns and bright flashes of light and become lost or run away.

The Arizona Humane Society has some precautions to keep your animals safe during the festivities.

• Keep pets indoors. Pets can easily be harmed by or spooked by loud noises causing them to run away, which can be disastrous if you live near busy streets.

• Pay close attention to your pets at all times. Do not leave pets unattended in the backyard as fireworks can send them over the fence or digging to get out. Also, be sure the guests at your New Year's Eve party don't give your pets sweets or alcohol.

• Keep stressed pets in a quiet, escape-proof room in which they feel safe and protected. Background TV or radio noise may help as well as their toys, bedding, food and water.

• Make sure pets have multiple forms of up-to-date identification. Pets can easily wiggle out of collars and ID tags, therefore up-to-date microchips are best.

For more information on what to do if you've lost or found an animal, as well as links to lost pet resources, visit the Arizona Humane Society's website at