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Protect pets with Neighborhood Pet Watch

Dawn Armstrong
Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA

In an effort to promote everyday pet safety as well as planned disaster response, a Neighborhood Pet Watch program has been introduced by the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The basic concept is to provide a way to get to know neighborhood pets for disaster evacuation, quick lost and found help, and wildlife awareness. Information and support is available at (530) 542-2857.

Patterned after “Neighborhood Crime Watch”, the program introduces neighbors and pets so that loose pets, lost and endangered pets, and stray and injured pets can be helped. Sightings can be reported promptly to pet owners or familiar pets can be taken immediately for veterinary care if needed. Some of the common precautions and risk factors for Tahoe pets include:

– Neighborhood pets get trapped in rentals when vacationers pack up and leave.

– Traveling pets get confused in unfamiliar surroundings and run away.

– Pets are injured by vehicles and only fast action can save a pet’s life.

– Pets in parked cars on hot days suffer brain damage and death.

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– Pets without collars and tags can’t be identified even if they have a microchip.

– Pets scared by thunderstorms and fireworks flee from home.

– Abused or abandoned pets require timely rescue.

– Unexpected wildlife encounters can cause injury to both animals.

– Pet waste spreads disease.

Neighbor cooperation and awareness enables domestic pets to be safe, wildlife to be protected and enjoyed, and the environment to be clean for everyone, pet owners and non pet owners. Organizing materials in English and Spanish, along with outreach staff help, are free at (530) 542-2857.

El Dorado County Animal Services: (530) 573-7925

After hours and holidays:

South Lake Tahoe Police Department: (530) 542-6100

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office: (530) 573-3000

– Dawn Armstrong is the executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA. Provided by the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA to help “Keep Tahoe Kind.”