Prepare your pets now for Fourth of July weekend

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Animal Services Division

Due to the Fourth of July falling on a Sunday this year, many local shelters and veterinarians will be closed. It is more important than ever for owners to take proactive measures to prevent their animals from getting lost during the holiday weekend. Fireworks may cause pets to panic and escape from their enclosures or to bolt away from their owners. Even pets that have never seemed bothered by loud noises before can develop new fears.  

The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro will be closed to the public on the Fourth of July. The shelter will be open for stray dog intake and reunions between lost animals and their owners on Monday, July 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Finders should first call 503-846-7039 before bringing an animal to the shelter.  

Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter staff urge the community to prepare now to keep pets safe and secure this weekend by doing the following: 

  • Verify that your pets' tags and microchips have current and updated information, and that your dog is licensed.  
  • Check your fence to make sure there are no loose boards, holes or other places where a frightened dog could escape. Double check that all gates are securely latched.  
  • Keep your dog on a leash while outside during Fourth of July weekend, even in your own backyard.  
  • Pick a room in your home that can provide a safe space for your pet during the festivities and fireworks. Help your pet become comfortable and create a positive association with the room before the fireworks start. This space can also become a safe refuge for your pet if they get overwhelmed by houseguests or daytime celebrations as well. 
  • Call your veterinarian as soon as possible to discuss medication or other options for reducing your pet’s fear if you think your pet might be afraid of loud noises. 

For additional tips to keep pets safe and what to do if you lose or find a pet, visit and click “Pet Lost & Found.” 

Washington County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter are located at 1901 SE 24th Avenue in Hillsboro, just off Tualatin Valley Highway by Lowe’s and Home Depot.  

Media Contact:  
Randy Covey, Manager of Animal Services, 503-846-7043
Available until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 2