Fireworks are for people, not pets!
Fireworks are a fun and exciting way to see in the New Year, but for pets they can be extremely stressful.
It is important to ensure your pets are safe and cared for at all times, but especially during events such as New Year’s Eve.
It is common for many pets to be scared and distressed by the loud noises that accompany fireworks and while we have reason to celebrate what 2020 will bring, consider your pets and the effect it could have on their wellbeing.
Do your bit for your pet—now is the time to ensure your pets are microchipped and registered, with your up to date contact details.
If you are leaving your house to celebrate, please make sure you leave your pet in a safe place at home, with food and water.
If your pet is missing or you come across a lost pet, please call your local council to report it, or use the Top End Lost and Found Facebook page.
Information is available online that can help you help your pet during traumatic times and emergencies. Check out your local council’s website as well as the RSPCA’s for some great tips.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, pet owners have a duty of care to their pets. Failure to provide an animal’s basic needs is considered neglect and an owner could face penalties for cruelty, neglect or for failing to alleviate the suffering of an animal.
More information about responsible pet ownership can be found at NT.GOV.AU/animalwelfare.