October 28, 2020

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

For Immediate Release

Greenhill Humane Society Shares Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
No Trick, all Treat to help keep Pets Safe this Halloween

EUGENE, OREGON – (October 27, 2020) – Halloween is usually filled with candy, parties and scary costumes and although this year might look a little different, for pets Halloween can be a tough day. Greenhill Humane Society urges the community to keep their pets’ safety in mind when planning their festivities this October 31st. Below are helpful tips for ensuring a happy and safe Halloween:

  • Stash candy safely away. Several holiday favorites are toxic to pets. Some kids love to keep their treats all over the house. If your pet ingests candy, especially chocolate, contact your veterinarian right away.
  • Watch out for the decorative plants and candles. Curious pets may knock over a lit jack-o-lantern or candle and start a fire or get burned. It’s better to keep these decorations away from pets, especially corn cobs which can be dangerous to dogs.
  • Don’t leave glow sticks out. Pets (especially cats) tend to love these and often bite into it leaving a bitter taste in their mouth and can cause severe drooling.
  • Keep your pets in a safe place indoors, including outdoor cats. Halloween can be stressful for dogs and cats due to strange masks and noises. Keep your pets in a closed room where they can relax away from the front door. This will not only help them remain calm, but also prevent them from darting out the door. If your animals are outside, make sure they are properly secured, have collars, tags and are microchipped.
  • Make sure pet costumes are the right fit. Check the costume does not limit their ability to walk, breath, bark or meow. Any extra fabric may cause a choking hazard if chewed on. Wearing costumes can also increase your dog’s feeling of discomfort and make them more stressed and anxious. If your pet looks uncomfortable or stressed while wearing the costume, it’s best to keep them in their birthday suit for the night.

If you have lost or found a pet, immediately contact your local animal control office.

• City of Creswell: 541-895-253
• Cottage Grove – Humane Society of Cottage Grove: 541-942-3130
• Eugene – Eugene Animal Services: 541-687-4060
• Junction City Police Dept.: 541-998-1245
• Springfield – Springfield Animal Control/Police Dept.: 344 A Street: 541-726-3634
• Unincorporated Lane County – Lane County Animal Services: 541-682-3645
• Veneta – Veneta Animal Control/City Hall: 88184 8th street: 541-935-2191

Learn more at http://green-hill.org/lost_and_found_reports

“Halloween is such a wonderful time to enjoy treats and get dressed up but make sure it is not at the expense of your pet’s safety.” said Megan Brezovar, Greenhill’s Event and Community Engagement Manager. “When having fun, it is easy to leave a door open or drop candy on the floor. These small mistakes can put your pet in danger. Be cautious by making sure your pets are safe inside and free of stress.”

To learn more about Greenhill Humane Society or tips on keeping your pets safe this Halloween, visit www.green-hill.org.


About Greenhill Humane Society
Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944.  It is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations. Greenhill is located at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene. We envision a community in which all animals are treated with compassion and respect. To learn more visit www.green-hill.org.