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Celebrate 4th of July Safely

MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 18.48.01. & 8.81

Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach. Now they can cost you as much as $20,000 in response costs
plus fines. 

If you “Host” an event with fireworks, you could be held responsible. “Host” includes property owners, tenants, property managers, or anyone who organizes or is in charge of the firework activity.

Anyone cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or both.

Learn more about fireworks in the City of Long Beach


Fireworks Scare Pets

Every 4th of July, shelters experience a spike of incoming dogs and cats due to pets escaping their homes in fear of fireworks. The sudden bright flashes and sounds can cause animals to run into roadways, resulting in more car accidents and animal deaths.

Celebrate 4th of July SafelySafer At Home

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights,
and strong smells. It is best to leave your pets
safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV
turned on to soften jarring noises.

ID Tags Are the Ticket Home

Pets can become so frightened during fireworks that they may escape the noise by breaking through windows or door screens.
All pets should always wear collars with ID tags. 
The most
important information to put on a tag is your phone number. 
Please ensure that your pets are microchipped and that microchips 
are registered with your current contact information. 
Register your pet’s microchip.

Download the Celebrate 4th of July Safely social media graphics



Foster the Fourth

When animal shelter admissions spike because of incoming dogs and cats who were lost due to fireworks, they need space in the shelter. However, LBACS is already at full capacity because it is committed to saving every healthy and treatable animal.

You can make a difference for a dog or cat by fostering an available, adoptable pet for up to fourteen [14] days to make space for the incoming animals during the holiday. You would be helping the shelter, the community’s animals, and the families of those lost animals, giving them time to reunite with their beloved family members.

Apply now to become a foster

Download the Foster the 4ᵗʰ Flyer



Lost My Pet


We highly recommend all of the following steps in order for you to find your missing pet.

Canvass your neighborhood- Talk to your neighbors, ask them to keep an eye out, give them your contact information. Register for a free "Animal Alert" for your cat or dog on LostMyDoggie  They will create a professional lost pet flyer and Fax AND Email it to 25 nearby shelters/vets!  Don't let this replace your hard work though, this should complement your efforts! 

Post your lost pet on social media sites- Facebook, Instagram, etc. Send descriptive emails about your lost pet to your animal shelter, local friends, colleagues, and family members, and ask them to pass on the info to anyone they can. Post messages to animal forums and message boards run by groups based in your area, lots of parks and dog parks have online communities. 

Come to the shelter during normal business hours to walk our kennels - If you do not find your pet, please ask an Animal Care Services staff member to check our Isolation, Feral, and Quarantine sections.

Check with veterinary hospitals, the mail carrier, meter reader, delivery people, and other shelters. (If the pet may enter into another shelter's jurisdiction). It is not uncommon for a lost pet to wander for several miles, so search at least 7 blocks in either direction.

View our lost and found pets



I Found A Healthy Animal


If you find a stray dog, the best thing you can do is to have the pet scanned for a microchip at any vet or come to the shelter for scanning and reporting the pet found. Then, hold onto that pet for at least a few days and look for the owner using social media and community neighborhood forums. 92% of lost dogs have a family, but few are found once they are in the shelter. It would also prevent our crowded shelter from getting overwhelmed.

Please email the following information to animalcare@longbeach.gov:

  • Photo of the animal
  • Gender
  • Location where the animal was found
  • Take the animal to a shelter or veterinarian to scan for a microchip.

Found Pet
 
If you find a lost animal, the best thing you can do is to have the pet scanned for a microchip at any participating microchipping scanning locations, vets, or the shelter during open hours to report the pet found. Please hold onto that pet for at least a few days and look for the owner using social media and community neighborhood forums. 92% of lost dogs have a family, but few are found once they are in the shelter. It would also prevent our crowded shelter from getting overwhelmed.

Microchip Scanning Locations

Paw Shoppe Pet Center

6416 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 425-5131

Hours:
Mon-Sat:9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sun:10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Pet Supplies Plus

2086 N Bellflower Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 800-6975 

Hours:
Mon-Sat:9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sun:10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Long Beach Fire Dept. Station 12

1199 E Artesia Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 342-1867 

Hours:
July 4ᵗʰ only
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Fix Long Beach

1749 Magnolia Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 337-8268