Fireworks not festive for pets

Hume City Council is reminding dog and cat owners to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of their pets during public firework displays as part of the Christmas, New Year and Australia Day celebrations.

Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore said while most people enjoy the colour and excitement of a fireworks display, our pets often become frightened and will try to escape the noise.  

“Dogs and cats have incredibly sensitive hearing and some pets that are normally placid and not prone to escaping or running away, may become distressed and will try to find a way out of your backyard,” Cr Moore said.

“While cats are more likely to instinctively hide, dogs can jump a fence that under normal circumstances is high enough to secure them – either way nobody wants their pets to go missing.

“Throughout the Summer celebrations, many pets are found by Council wandering the streets or taking shelter in someone else’s property after being spooked by fireworks.

"Owners need to do everything they can to ensure both cats and dogs are safe and secure inside their property, especially at this time of the year.

“All Hume residents should also ensure that their pet is microchipped, registered, and wearing a current registration tag – this will help Council reunite the cat or dog with its rightful owner.”

Here are just some of the ways you can keep your pets safe during fireworks and other festivities:

  • contain your animal in your house or garage overnight
  • ensure there is a comfortable bed, plenty of water and some food available if you are not home during the festive season
  • leave your pet with a friend or family member who is not going out
  • ensure your pet wears appropriate identification and registration, in case they do escape.

If you see a stray animal wandering the streets, please contact Council on 9205 2200.

It is illegal for anyone other than licensed pyrotechnicians to be in possession of fireworks or to use them in Victoria.

Information about the sale or use of illegal fireworks can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to


Posted on 11:00 AM, 10 December 2018

Updated : 12:29 PM, 10 December 2018

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