City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

Animal Care Services Advises Pet Owners for the Fourth of July Holiday
Ted Stevens, Manager
Animal Care Services
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) advises pet owners that the Fourth of July Holiday can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Taking special care of pets during the Fourth of July is responsible pet ownership, just like licensing and keeping identification tags on pets, as well as ensuring that they are spayed or neutered.

ACS reminds all animal owners that they can save themselves and their pets a tremendous amount of heartache and anxiety by following a few simple suggestions:
  • Isolate pets indoors at home; they will be happier and not tempted to try to get away due to loud sounds.
  • If your dog is crate trained, put him in a crate covered with a blanket to make him feel more secure.
  • Create a peaceful environment in your home, play soothing music and lower the blinds to block outside sights and sounds. If your pet seems anxious, spend time with him soothing him with a calm voice.
  • A sudden change in your pet’s diet can cause an upset stomach, avoid feeding your pet scraps from the grill and other human food. Some foods like onion, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic. Pets should never be given bones, especially from chicken.
  • Consult your Veterinarian regarding the use of medication to help calm your pet
  • Keep pets away from flames, matches, and lighter fluid.
  • Do not spray pets with insect repellent or sunscreen that is intended for humans, they can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system if ingested.
  • Even if your pet is indoors, double-check yard gates and doors to make sure that pets cannot escape.
  • Ensure that pets are wearing identification, including the name and current telephone number of the owner. Confirm your pet’s microchip registration information is registered or updated.
ACS offices will be closed in observation of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4 but will be open the following day, Wednesday, July 5.

Officers are available to respond 24 hours a day to emergency calls, and shelter staff will contact owners of lost pets that have identification tags or microchips. Animals with identification will be held at Animal Care Services for 14 days. Pets without identification will be held for a minimum of six days before being evaluated for adoption.

Animals lost in the Cities of Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Signal Hill or Cerritos are listed on the Long Beach Animal Care Services website at However, it is highly recommended that pet owners visit the shelter in person to look through the kennels, lost and found binders, and community boards.

Follow the twitter handle, #LBLostFoundPets, for up-to-date information on lost animals that arrive at the shelter. If you find a lost pet, contribute by posting a picture of the animal to #LBLostFoundPets to help locate the owner.

About Long Beach Animal Care Services
The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. ACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in the Cities of Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Signal Hill.

Visit Animal Care Services at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village (Village) to adopt, volunteer, donate, license your pet or obtain resources regarding low cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics throughout the City. ACS is located at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The Village is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. For more information, please visit

About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is one of the premier parks and recreation departments in the country, is consistently recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, and has received the national Gold Medal Award four times. PRM operates 170 parks with 26 community centers; two major tennis centers; an animal shelter; one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses; and the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with over 3,200 boat slips. More than 3,200 acres are developed for recreation. The Department offers approximately 2,400 contract classes (fitness, health, enrichment) to people of all ages (newborn to senior) every year; after-school programs at 26 sites during the school year; and summer programs for youth 5-12 years old. Other unique sites include multiple community gardens, a municipal cemetery, more than 38 miles of bike trails, 10 dog parks, and eight skate parks.

For more information about Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and services, visit Please “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.