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Finding way back from 4th for furry friends

Posted: July 6, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2012 8:00 a.m.


The dog catcher was out in force following the Independence Day holiday, collecting dogs who fled their homes terrified of the fireworks.

“A lot of people have them in their backyard,” said Evelina Villa, spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control. “They find a way to get out” under the rocket’s red glare — and its often loud explosions.

Eight dogs were found loose in the Santa Clarita Valley the day after the Wednesday holiday, and more were likely to trickle in during subsequent days, Villa said.

Last year, animal control officers found 18 lost dogs after the Fourth of July holiday.

Dog owners whose Fido or Fluffy fled can find out if the Castaic Animal Shelter has their pet. The best way is to go to the shelter and check, Villa said.

She also encourages pet owners to keep their licenses up to date and have their pet microchipped.

Although dogs are more likely to get lost after Fourth of July, animal shelters generally encounter more of an upswing in cats and kittens during the summer, Villa said.

“We see an incredible increase in kittens and cats coming into our care centers during the summertime,” Villa said.

“It’s called kitten season,” Villa said of the influx of young cats.

Los Angeles County animal shelters are currently offering deep discounts on cat adoptions to help get those cats to good homes, Villa said. Adoptions are only $9 for cats nine months old or older through the summer.

“Kitten season is a busy time for us,” Villa said.

The Castaic Animal Shelter is at 31044 N. Charlie Canyon Road. The shelter is open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

For more information on the shelter, call 661-257-3191 or visit



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