New Years is second busiest time for lost, stray pets, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says

Posted at 11:01 AM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 13:02:42-05

With New Year celebrations fast approaching, it's important to keep the safety of your pets in mind.

While July 4th is the busiest time for stray and lost animals at shelters, the New Year comes in second.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control took in 412 dogs and cats in the first few days of 2015, and 411 in the first few days of 2016.

Animal control officers will be on a normal schedule for picking up and assisting with animal intakes.

MCACC says the "RESOLVE" method can help keep your pets as safe as possible: 

  • Remember to ID pets with collars, tags and properly registered microchips
  • Expect your pet to be frightened by fireworks, crowds and loud parties
  • Secure pets safely indoors where they can't dig, escape or jump fences
  • Offer a quiet, relaxing environment where they will be comfortable
  • Leave your pets at home -- they don't enjoy fireworks like many people do
  • Verify that everyone in your house knows how to keep your pets safe
  • Educate yourself on what to do in the event your pet does go missing