1.                  Making July 4TH

  2.                 Safe For Your Pets

The day after July 4 can be one of the busiest days of the year for animal control officers and animal shelters due to pets that have strayed from home as a result of being frightened by fireworks and noisy festivities. To keep your pets safe, make sure they stay indoors at home during holiday fireworks celebrations. If you lose your pet during the holidays, make sure you check for it at the animal shelter immediately. 

Here are some other July 4 pet safety tips:

  • Never take your pets to fireworks displays. What’s fun for you isn’t necessarily fun for pets. Large crowds and unfamiliar sights and sounds can frighten pets. Pets are not permitted at the Celebrate America festivities.
  • Never leave pets in a car while you enjoy summer activities. With only hot air to breathe inside the car, your pet can suffer serious health problems, even death, within minutes. Also, partially opened windows don’t provide sufficient air, but do offer the opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
  • Keep your pet at home inside a sheltered, quiet area during holiday festivities. Leave a TV on to provide background noise.
  • Never leave animals chained outside. A frightened animal can become entangled in a chain and get injured or break the chain and flee.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and rabies tag (which is required by law). Having your animal microchipped is also an extremely effective means by which to identify them. Contact your family veterinarian or the Animal Service Center for more information about microchipping your pet. If you don't have an ID tag for your pet, you may pick up one for free at the ASC during normal business hours, but you must bring your pet with you!

For other pet care tips, please visit the City’s website at Talgov.com/animals or call the Animal Service Center at



Koren Taylor

PAL Senior Vice President

Ina Abdrabu

PAL Secretary

Hope in Action

Bonnie Malloy

PAL President,

co-founded and served as president FSU's Animal Law Society 

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Hunger nor homelessness isn't seasonal, which is why our year-round pet food program gets so much attention. Our volunteers devote valuable time providing food to the animal shelter.  See first-hand the animals we help daily.  Find out how you can contribute to the future of an animal in need through donations of money and time. 

Pets Ad Litem, Inc. is an alliance of advocates and professionals providing a legal voice for animals. PAL's goals include enhancing public awareness of responsible pet ownership, offering legal assistance to state and local governments on animal law issues, providing legal representation for the interests of animals in legal proceedings, and protecting the rights and promoting the best interest of animals.

PAL and its members answered the cry for help from Cauzican Animal Rescue in seeking help for the dogs they had in foster care that needed vetting.

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For more than 5 years, PAL has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the homeless, hungry and needy under-represented animals in our community.  PAL's projects support the Tallahassee Animal Service Center and include assisting the City of Tallahassee with the development of the new animal ordinances.  PAL has also developed a humane education - Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) program to provide education in responsible pet ownership.




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