Wednesday, April 25 , 2018, 5:24 am | Fog/Mist 52º


Don’t Let Your Pooch Get Pet-rified this Halloween

Follow these tips to keep your four-legged friend safe this Halloween. Click to view larger
Follow these tips to keep your four-legged friend safe this Halloween. (Santa Barbara Humane Society photo)

Halloween is a fun time for kids of all ages to embrace the scary, but for our four-legged family members, Halloween can be a terrifying event. Fortunately, Santa Barbara Humane Society has tips to help family pets feel safe and secure during the night of fright. 

“Even the most laid back of pets can find Halloween hard to handle,” said Peggy Langle, Santa Barbara Humane Society executive director. “With simple precautions and a little planning, pet parents can make sure the evening goes smoothly for everyone in the family.”

Here are some helpful Halloween safety tips to make your house less haunting for your dog or cat:

» Keep pets in a room away from the door to prevent them from escaping or from getting scared by strangers in costumes.

» Keep candy out of reach of dogs and cats — chocolate, the artificial sweetener xylitol and candy wrappers are all dangerous to our pets.

» Bring pets inside the house. 

» If you choose to dress your pet up in a costume, don’t leave them unattended. Make sure they can’t chew or swallow small pieces of the costume.

» Monitor pets around decorations — make sure they don’t chew cords, try to eat the decorations or knock over candles.

» Make sure your pet has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes, a collar and tags will increase the chances that they will be returned to you. (The Santa Barbara Humane Society also offers pet microchips through its clinic services.)

Don’t let the season scare you from bringing home a perfect companion on Halloween. Santa Barbara Humane Society, Dog Adoption Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.) and Santa Barbara County Animal Services Shelter are partnering together for a “spooktacular” adoption event: the Howl-O-Ween Block Party happening from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, located at 5399 Overpass Road in Goleta.

The Howl-O-Ween Block Party is a family-friendly festival featuring food trucks, a bake sale, popcorn, “Trick or Treat” for adoption discounts, prizes, photo opportunities, face painting and much more. At noon, stop by the Santa Barbara Humane Society front lawn to see adoptable dogs from each organization parading in costume. Bring your two-legged family members and come meet the dog of your dreams.

For more information, visit, or call 805.964.4777. 

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Dianne and Brianna Johnson
Dianne and Brianna Johnson
"We are committed to making our clients feel special by providing the concierge level service they deserve."

Full Profile >