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Keep Halloween from giving your pets a scare

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Source: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona Source: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona

TUCSON (Tucson News Now) - As you get ready for Halloween, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona would like to remind you to keep pets inside to keep them – and trick-or-treaters –safe.

Shelter workers also say to watch out for the following. 

Halloween treats are for humans only! Chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. Keep all candy well out of reach of the family pet.

- Resist the urge to dress your pet in a costume unless you know he or she is accustomed to it.

- If you do decide to dress up your pet, make sure the costume fits properly and does not restrict breathing or vision.

- Keep your pet in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours. Not only will this keep them safely in the house, but will also help reduce your pet's stress as plenty of strangers will be coming to the door.

- Keep outdoor cats inside for a few days before and after Halloween to keep them safe from pranksters.

- To ensure your pet has the best chance of finding his way back to you if it does get lost, make sure he has a well-fitted collar with ID tags and is microchipped.   

If your pet gets lost, you can call the HSSA's Lost and Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111,and Pima Animal Care Center at 243-5900 to file a lost report.

Also,now through the end of the year, HSSA says dog, cat, puppy and kitten adoptions are $50 plus licensing.  All animals six years and older have a zero adoption fee.

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