Experienced dog owners, you know the drill: As a rule, dogs and fireworks don't mix, so be on guard tonight to keep your dogs safe and secure on New Year's Eve.
Though fireworks are no longer legal in Anchorage , they are readily available in the Valley and typically wind up in great numbers in Anchorage, legal or not.
Here are some tips AACCC issues last year on New Year's Eve:
* Keep your pet in a SECURE and quiet setting, like your home (make sure all windows and doors are closed);
* Turning on a television or radio can mask the noise of fireworks, helping keep your pet calm;
* Be certain your pet has a current MOA dog license, a current identification tag, and its rabies tag securely fastened to its collar;
* In the unfortunate event that your pet does escape, check with the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center ASAP; (Note from Brooke: AACCC is closed to the public New Year's Day (Jan 1), but there will be an officer on call –- people can leave messages on our dispatch line 343-8119. We do still have the After Hours Night Drop in back and there will be staff here Jan 1 to care for the animals, including those left in the Night Drops, but last year it was pretty full, so if people can hold onto the animals until we open at 11am on January 2, it would be helpful.)
* While the Center can be reached by phone at 343-8122, it is always best to come in person to look for your dog every 2-3 days, as no one can identify your animal better than you.
Please direct further questions to Anchorage Animal Care and Control at 343-8122 or access information on our website, www.muni.org/animal.