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Residents urged to sign petition to prevent animal 'trauma' from fireworks

BC SPCA also offers tips for Halloween.
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Call load on Halloween night is "always worse," according to an after-hours SPCA emergency officer.

The BC SPCA is promoting a petition calling on the federal government to protect animals from the dangers of fireworks. 

“For many, Halloween is a fun time for candy, costumes and fireworks,” said Meghann Cant, a BC SPCA manager, in a written statement. “But, for animals, it’s one of the most frightful nights of the year.” 

The BC SPCA said that approximately 49 per cent of dogs are fearful of loud noises such as fireworks, thunderstorms and gunshots, while roughly 79 per cent of horses show anxious behaviour during fireworks displays. 

“Fireworks are creating serious issues for animals in our communities,” said Cant. “Now’s the time to ask the government to take steps to protect them.”

Aleigh Ateyo, who works as an after-hours night emergency officer at the BC SPCA, says she doesn't think people realize the trauma surrounding fireworks for animals.

“On nights when there are fireworks, the call load is always worse. The animals are frantic and once an animal is frightened and running, they are almost impossible to catch.” She estimates that she receives upwards of 30 to 50 calls on Halloween night, most of which are related to the effects of fireworks. 

In addition to signing the federal petition, the BC SPCA offered some tips to help keep your pets safe on Oct. 31.

Ensure your pet has at least two forms of identification in case they go missing. Pets should have a collar with tags and an ear tattoo or a microchip registered with the BC Pet Registry

Be mindful when you are opening a door to hand out candy since a lot of calls come in have to do with a dog or cat bursting through an opened door, trying to escape. 

If you must take an animal outside to relieve themselves, make sure they are appropriately leashed or harnessed and hold tight to the leash, even in your backyard.