Agence France-Presse 12/31/2009 11:34 AM
SOFIA, Bulgaria – Pet owners should walk their animals on a leash during the New Year's firecracker season to prevent a surge in the number of lost animals, a Bulgarian pet-finding website urged on Wednesday.
The website www.bezdom.info, which finds homes for stray animals and reunites lost pets with their owners, said it was bracing for the traditional flood of ads for lost and found animals during the holiday.
"It's always the same reason -- animals get stressed out and panicked by the loud noises of traditional fireworks and crackers on New Year's Eve," the website said.
"Walk your pets on a leash only and during the daytime," it advised.
"If you lose your pet, do not leave the place where you last saw it, as chances are it will soon come back."