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Halloween - Make It A Treat for Your Pets


October 4, 2013

CONTACT: Scott Crawford
Assistant Executive Director


Pet owners can help make the holiday a treat for Pets

New Jersey—It’s that time of year when the thoughts of children of all ages turn to ghosts, goblins, and sugary treats. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when many pet owners frantically rush their cats and dogs to veterinary hospitals and emergency rooms.

Halloween is great fun for humans, but it can be filled with hazards for animals. “Halloween candy is already on store shelves; costumes & decorations are on sale at party stores. It’s a fun time for you and your family…but please be cautious for your pets,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director of Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park (AHS). AHS offers a list of tips for a happy Halloween for you and your pets.

Phoebe, a 2 year-old female mix is hoping to celebrate Halloween in a loving home (120270)

• Keep pets inside and under your control. Pets are best kept in a quiet area of the house so that they do not see strange creatures coming and going. Many pets left unattended in yards become targets and are sometimes stolen, tortured and even killed. Cats, particularly black ones, are especially preyed upon this time of year.

•  Enjoy your candy but please don' share. Sugary foods are unhealthy for most animals and their wrappers are a hazard as well. Keep candy well out of reach of pets. Candy containing the artificial sweetener, Xylitol is EXTREMELY toxic to dogs. If you want to give your pet a treat, give them something made especially for dogs and cats.

• Let your pet dress as him or herself: Unless you know that your dog or cat really enjoys dressing up, don’t do it. While it may be fun to see your pet in costumes, in most cases it causes stress to the animal. If you must put a costume on your pet, make sure their view is not obstructed and that they are dressed for only a brief period of time.

Malibu, a 1 month-old male kitten, is waiting for a home at AHS Newark (120019)

• Keep jack-o-lanterns, candles and any other flammable items out of the way. Curious pets can knock over items, burning themselves or causing a fire.

• Make sure your dog or cat is wearing proper identification or is micro-chipped. In case he or she bolts, your chances are much better of having your pet safely returned to you if they are easily identified.

• Pets make the best treats! If you want to treat yourself to something sweeter than candy, that can be shared with your entire family, consider adopting a dog or cat. There are hundreds of dogs and cats waiting for adoption at the Associated Humane Societies’ Animal Care Centers in Newark, Forked River, and Tinton Falls. Or, encourage your child to trick or treat on behalf of Associated Humane Societies.

To learn more or see the animals looking for forever homes, visit us at .


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