Animal rescue: Halloween high jinks are for people, not pets _lowres

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Halloween is Saturday, and although we look forward to the spooktacular festivities that come along with this ghostly holiday, it is not as much fun for pets. Here are some tips to keep pets safe and happy during Halloween:

TRICK-OR-TREATING NOT FOR PETS: Going along with the family for trick-or-treating may make a dog nervous and irritable. If a dog is protective, it may perceive other people on the street as threats to its family and snap at someone or, worse, bite someone. It is also hard to monitor for dropped candy that the dog may sniff out and consume. For his safety, leave Fido at home during the festivities.

DO NOT LEAVE PETS UNATTENDED OUTDOORS: Lots of people will be walking around the neighborhood. Malicious people may be tempted to taunt a pet left in the yard, even a fenced-in yard. Harmful candy or objects may be thrown at pets, and black dogs and cats are often sought-after victims during Halloween. Keep them safe and secure indoors.

KEEP PETS AWAY FROM THE FRONT DOOR: Kids ringing the door bell and yelling “trick or treat” can be frightening to pets, especially dogs and cats that are already timid or nervous. Pets also may try to escape out of the opened door. Secure them in a room in the house that is away from the front door.

CANDY IS A NO-NO FOR PETS: We all know chocolate is off limits to pets, but lots of other Halloween treats contain xylitol, which can cause liver failure. It is best to keep all candy away from the pets.

PETS DO NOT LIKE TO PLAY DRESS UP: As cute as it may be, dressing a pet in a costume can be extremely stressful and may impair its vision and restrict walking. Avoid this temptation.

Pets are more than happy to forgo the tricks and treats. Leave them at home so the family can enjoy the ghoulish night without another family member to look after.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!


FUNDRAISING NIGHT AT REGINELLI’S PIZZERIA LAKEVIEW: Mention the Louisiana SPCA with any dine-in, takeout or delivery order from Reginelli’s, 874 Harrison Ave., Lakeview, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday; 10 percent of the sales will go to helping the SPCA’s growth and operations as it supports and cares for local animals. Outside dining is available for leashed, friendly furry friends. For information, call Reginelli’s Lakeview at (504) 488-0133 or visit

NOLA NIGHT FOR THE DOGS: Enjoy an open bar, food, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, dancing, a costume contest, raffles and door prizes while supporting NOLA Lab Rescue from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Southport Hall Live Music and Party Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., Jefferson. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. For information, email

ANIMAL RESCUE NEW ORLEANS: ARNO will have adoptable dogs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Palmer Park Arts Market, South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues. ARNO’s booth faces Dublin Street. For information, email

NATIONAL ADOPT A SENIOR MONTH: During November’s National Adopt a Senior Month, the Louisiana SPCA will offer a reduced adoption fee of $11 for all pets 8 years and older. Visit for information. Regular adoption procedures apply.

LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact info to In Jefferson Parish, send to and, and in St. Bernard Parish, send to

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at, or call the recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.