December 31, 2021, 10:30 a.m. HST
* Updated December 31 at 4:04 am
As the New Year’s celebrations begin and the fireworks are unleashed, pet owners may wonder what special precautions they could take to keep their pets extra safe.
The Maui Humane Society offers the following five takeaways:
- Make sure your pet is microchipped and that ID tags are worn
- Walk / exercise during daylight hours
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound
- Put on music or TV to mask the sounds of the fireworks
- Create a quiet space where your pet can feel in control. If your pet goes missing, walk around the neighborhood and ask your neighbors to see if they’ve seen it. Following, file a lost report on the Maui Humane Society website. Post on social media message boards like Lost Pets of Maui or NextDoor with a recent picture and description of your pet and a phone number to contact you.
New statewide microchip law
The Hawai’i Island Police Department notes that Bill 5 comes into effect on January 1, 2022. It was passed at a 2021 special session of the legislature. The new law includes the following requirements:
- Requires dog and cat owners to have microchip ID implanted in their dogs and cats, and to register owner’s microchip number and contact details with a microchip registration company. The national register www.foundanimals.org is a good site for registering your pet’s microchip.
- Require animal organizations to implant a microchip in all stray dogs and cats in their care that do not have microchip identification.