Don't Ignore New Year's Eve Safety For Your Pets

December 28, 2017

Whether you got a new puppy or kitten for Christmas, or you want to protect your current dog or cat, Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) in Encinitas is sharing a few simple rules to help keep them safe on New Year’s Eve. 

"More pets run away on New Year’s Eve than any other time of the year, except the 4th of July,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “With the commotion, guests, and midnight gunfire, pets look for a safe place. That could be under the bed, or out the door and down the street, where they just find more noise, so they keep running until they don’t know where they are.” 

Tips to keep your pets safe (and home) on New Year’s Eve include:

  • Provide them with a crate or other safe place away from the party.
  • Make sure they have food and water….and NO table food.
  • Remind your guests NOT to feed your pets.
  • Keep pets away from the tree, packages, and other holiday decorations.
  • Even during the party, dogs need “potty breaks.”
  • Don’t put them in the yard and forget about them.
  • Watch out for “door dashing” as guests come and go.
  • If you’re going to go out on New Year’s Eve, leave the TV or radio on. 
  • Have your pet micro-chipped so it can be identified if it escapes.

Families that got new puppies for Christmas have been trying to get their pups into a routine with consistent behavior. Van Zante says New Year’s Eve can jeopardize the training. “Your guests will be there for a few hours, but your puppy will be with you for the next 10 to 15 years. Ignoring your puppy’s routine or allowing guests to teach it bad habits could impact the rest of its (and your) life. Keep your best friends…animal and human…safe this New Year’s Eve.”  

The adoption kennels at RCHS, 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, are open Wednesday through Monday from 11 to 5, but will close at 3:00 on New Year’s Eve and be closed New Year’s Day. For more information call RCHS at 760-753-6413 or log on to