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12/31/2012 2:58:00 PM
How will you be spending this New Years Eve?
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Chino Valley residents woke up to a light blanket of snow for New Years Eve. The YHS offers tips on how to keep our four legged friends happy and safe tonight.
Matt Santos/Review
Chino Valley residents woke up to a light blanket of snow for New Years Eve. The YHS offers tips on how to keep our four legged friends happy and safe tonight.

For some, New Years Eve is the night to hit the town, for others a nice intimate party at home.

Where will you be when the clock strikes 12? Please fill out the comment form below and let us know how you and your family plan on welcoming in the New Year.

However you plan on celebrating, the Yavapai Humane Society offers the following tips for pet owners to make this New Year's Eve fun and SAFE for you and your pets.

Big gatherings, loud noises, and startling fireworks are some of the things we love about the Holidays - but they can be very frightening for our pets. With a little planning and precaution, you can be sure this New Year's celebration is enjoyable for everyone.

Pet Safety Tips for New Years Eve:

1. UPDATE IDENTIFICATION: The biggest risk this New Years Eve is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of noisemakers, gunfire, and fireworks can cause them to panic - sometimes breaking through glass windows. Make sure your pets are licensed, microchipped and wearing identification tags. Make sure your microchip company has your current address and phone numbers.

2. KEEP PETS INDOORS: Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you're having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that's off-limits to guests with plenty of water and food.

3. CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT: Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.

4. KEEP AWAY FROM NOISEMAKERS: Even if your pet doesn't seem obviously upset by noisemakers and fireworks, they can still be harmful to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of celebratory noisemakers and fireworks.

The staff at the Chino Valley Review wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

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