Blount County Humane Society Offers Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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Tips for keeping pets safe during Halloween

Halloween can be fun for children and families, but it can be a scary time and cause stress for pets. The Blount County Humane Society, a local nonprofit animal organization working to create a no-kill community, has offered some tips for pet owners to make sure their pets are safe during Halloween.

  •     Keep pets indoors. When walking dogs, keep them on a leash so they won’t run in front of vehicles. Reflective dog leashes provide extra visibility. Keep cats indoors and in a safe room at all times so there is no chance they will get outdoors and potentially into trouble.
  •     Keep candy out of reach of your pets. Some candy, like chocolate, can be toxic to cats and dogs. Cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
  •     Pet costumes can be dangerous. If you do dress up your pet, avoid costumes with small pieces that could be swallowed, and make sure the costume doesn’t restrict your pet’s normal movement. A pet in costume should be supervised at all times.
  •     Keep them in a quiet room. Consider placing your cat or dog in a safe, quiet room. The constant doorbell ringing and trick-or-treaters can frighten animals.
  •     Avoid candles and live flames. Keep jack o’ lanterns and other decorations with lighted candles out of reach. Use an LED or battery-operated candle as an alternative.
  •     Approach your pets slowly when in costume. Strangers in costume can make some animals fearful or even aggressive.

The Blount County Humane Society relies solely on adoption fees and individual donations to fund its work. This year, the Blount County Humane Society has found loving homes for more than 600 homeless cats and dogs in Blount County.

About The Blount County Humane Society
The Blount County Humane Society, located at 1005 E. Broadway in Maryville, is a nonprofit, 501 (c)3 animal protection organization working to build a no-kill community in Blount County. The organization relies solely on adoption fees and individual donations to fund its work. For more information about The Blount County Humane Society, visit or call 865-233-3739.

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