Animal shelter filled with pets fleeing fireworks Thursday morning

Animal shelter filled with pets fleeing fireworks Thursday morning

If you still have a pet that's missing after last night's fireworks, check with the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.

Shelter managers say the Fifth of July is usually busy, but this year they're seeing more escaped pets turned in than usual.

Director Angela Zilar said the shelter's parking lot was bumper-to-bumper when they opened at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning.

She said she thinks fireworks being legal in more communities now and the holiday happening mid-week are to blame.

Zilar said luckily, many of the pets coming in a re micro-chopped and quickly reunited with their owners, but not all of them, so folks need to check with the shelter and watch their website.

"We are slammed today. We're making calls as quickly as we can," she said. "It's really hard to go through all the reports and get the animals moved around. Please come in and look, the morning has been just crazy."

The director said not to be alarmed if you find your four-legged friend listed on the website as "adoptable", it's the fastest way to post dogs and cats as they're surrendered.

The facility has a 72-hour hold on all new arrivals, so it's important to check the page often.

Owners can also check the newspaper, and

Zilar told Action News even though the holiday is over and fireworks become illegal after 11 p.m. Thursday, fireworks will continue going off for a few days and pet owners need to stay prepared.

Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Control Services

  • When: Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: 1312 S. 18th Avenue in Pasco.
  • Phone: (509) 545-3740
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