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Keeping your pets safe on bonfire night

Keeping your pets safe on bonfire night

Saturday 31 October 2020

Keeping your pets safe on bonfire night

With a busy week of bonfires and fireworks displays ahead, the GSPCA is reminding pet and animal owners to make sure their fluffy or feathery friends are safe, well and cared for during bonfire weekend.

The loud bangs and bright lights of Guy Fawkes’ Night often scare animals, and the animal welfare charity always expects to see an increase in escaped pets during the period.

It has offered guidance to pet-owners ahead of the festivities to ensure their animals are well looked-after.

“We’d advise dog walkers to avoid taking or letting their animals out during the times of the displays, and to ensure windows and doors are closed with curtains shut, and music playing or the TV on to help drown out the noise,” said GSPCA Manager, Steve Byrne.


Pictured: Firework displays are expected to take place on and around Bonfire Night.

“Hopefully this firework period, all those watching the fireworks can enjoy them, and at the GSPCA we want to make sure all of our animals will be safe as well.

“We have plenty of advice online, and have products on sale at the GSPCA that can help.”

To that end, the charity has put together an Animal-Friendly Firework Code to protect pets and local wildlife, which you can read below.

Anyone who is organising a firework event is asked to inform the GSPCA so that it can be added to the charity's calendar. You can do so by sending the location, date, and time of the event, as well as whether the event is public or private, to either

Pictured below: the GSPCA's Animal-Friendly Firework Code

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