Tips For Pets On The 4th From Burien’s New Animal Care & Control Manager

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Burien’s new Animal Care and Control Manager Dr. Leslie Kasper (also of BTB Advertiser Companion Animal Medical Center), has sent us the following advice for Readers on how to care for their pets during this Sunday’s big 4th of July celebration:

Protect Your Pet During Fireworks

Keep your pets inside during any fireworks this 4th of July, advises director of Burien Animal Care and Control, Dr.  Leslie Kasper.

“If your pet gets frightened easily, put it in a small room like a bathroom and turn on a radio to distract him.”

If your pet disappears during 4th of July festivities, check with neighbors and canvas the neighborhood, she said, and be sure to check with Burien Animal Care and Control. Call 206-870-8471. Also be sure to check with animal control shelters in neighboring cities.

“Pets can travel a long distance when they’re frightened,” Dr. Kasper said.

Burien’s new Animal Care and Control program operates out of a state-of-the-art shelter at 19655 1st Ave. S. The program begins July 1, replacing King County Animal Control.

The City of Burien begins issuing new pet licenses on July 1. Licenses are free during the month of July. Pet owners can obtain free licenses at a special kick-off event of the new Burien Animal Care and Control program.  The cost of licenses beginning August 1 is $20 annually for altered pets and $50 for unaltered pets. Licenses can be obtained at Burien City Hall, Burien Community Center, Burien City Hall North, or online at

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3 Responses to “Tips For Pets On The 4th From Burien’s New Animal Care & Control Manager”
  1. Jim Branson says:

    Those are good tips. As a volunteer for the Missing Pet Partnership, having assisted in the return of many lost dogs and cats, I would like to suggest a few more precautions.
    1. Take a good picture of your dog or cat that would make him or her recognizable on a “missing” poster. Many people have pictures of their pets doing cute things, or posing with family members, but few people have a current, basic, well-lit photo that actually shows what the animal looks like.
    2. Be sure your dog has a secure collar with two forms of ID, properly updated. Ideally, your dog should have a martingale style collar, which doesn’t slip off if the dog tries to back out of it. This collar should have an ID tag with your current phone number, not your home in Texas where you lived last year. The dog should also have a current license, and the licensing agency should have your current number and address. Your dog should also have a microchip, and that info needs to be updated with the microchip company. Cats should be microchipped as well, and a collar if you can persuade your cat not to remove it.
    3. Create a scent article for each animal in your house. The Missing Pet Partnership has six dogs that have been trained to search for missing dogs and cats by following their scent. However, when a household has several animals, there might not be a single item in the house that contains only the scent of the missing animal. It is a simple and inexpensive process to make your own scent article. You need rubber gloves, a sterile gauze pad, and a ziplock bag. First, put on the rubber gloves to make sure the scent article isn’t contaminated with your scent. Next, tear open the package of the gauze pad and wipe it all over you animal from head to tail, being sure to wipe around the mouth, nose, ears, and rump. Then place your gauze pad in the ziplock bag and squeeze the air out before sealing. Mark the outside of the bag using a sharpie, with the date and the animal’s name. Place this bag in the freezer. Do it for each animal in your house, and do it twice a year, before the fourth of July and before New Year’s Eve, the two peak seasons for lost animals.
    4. If your dog or cat goes missing in spite of all your precautions, check out the web site for the Missing Pet Partnership for detailed, free information on how to get your pet back home. If you’ve followed those suggestions and still can’t find your dog or cat, call MPP at (253) 529-3999 to have a dog come and search for your missing pet. Having that scent article in the freezer and calling us within the first 24 hours will greatly increase the odds of success.

    My dog Kelsy hopes her services aren’t needed, but she is standing by just in case.
    Jim Branson

  2. Coverofnight says:

    Let me be the first to give a big “Thank You!” to Dr. Leslie and Jim for their tips and service. I’m sure our pets would also thank them if they could talk. Thanks, again!

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