Be mindful of your pets this Diwali

The Globe Post team extends heartfelt wishes to the community for a peaceful and blessed Diwali, the festival of lights.

Globe Post advises residents to exercise caution when using fireworks.

Here are some tips by The Johannesburg Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA):

Why are dogs and cats afraid of fireworks?

  • Most fireworks make a loud sound.
  • The sound is unpredictable.
  • They pose a threat to dogs, triggering their flight-or fight response.
  • Fireworks make dogs feel trapped.

How to calm dogs and cats during fireworks

  • Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.
  • Put on some music or TV to mask the firework sounds
  • Create a quiet space where your pet can feel in control and create some hiding places around your home.
  • Most importantly, ensure that pets are wearing collars and identification tags or microchips so it becomes easier to find them if they run away

You may report excessive noise to JMPD on 011 758 9650 or 011 375 5911.

For emergencies please call JSPCA on 011 681 3600 or 083 604 1172.

The City of Johannesburg has granted permission for fireworks usage within the timeframe of 7pm to 10pm.

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