The Fourth-of-July holiday period has long been hyped as a chaotic period for pets and pet owners. This remains true by some animal organizations, including Riverside County, but county Chief Veterinarian Dr. Allan Drusys wants the public to know about a positive trend.
Dr. Drusys, whose duties also include monitoring statistical trends in Riverside County and beyond, attributes more responsible pet owners as one reason why the overall pet impounds figure is trending downward during the Fourth-of-July period.
After studying the numbers for a four-day period during the Fourth-of-July for the past several years, the county’s shelters are taking in approximately 300 pets countywide, he said. That number is on par with what an average week of impounds for county shelters. The county operates four shelters: the Blythe Animal Shelter in Blythe; Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms; the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in San Jacinto and the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.
“Sure enough, it was very bad 10 years ago,” Dr. Drusys said. “But our communities are trending in a very positive direction. Pet owners have gotten stronger about recognizing the dangers of the Fourth-of-July holiday period. Many have taken the necessary precautions to keep their pets safe. Plus, the county’s law enforcement agencies and the Riverside County Fire Department have cracked down on illegal fireworks, making this region one of the safer ones to enjoy the nation’s birthday celebration.”