Give your pets a happy New Year

Tips for keeping your pets safe and comfortable through New Years’ Eve fireworks

Whilst celebrating the New Year with a blast might be a highlight for many people, loud events can be distressing for animals.

“Dogs have very sensitive ears – they hear 10 times better than humans, so fireworks can be terrifyingly loud and stressful for them,” RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Liz Arnott said.

It is important to keep our pets in mind when making plans for New Year’s Eve as many animals, including dogs and horses, can be startled by fireworks displays.

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe and comfortable this New Year’s Eve:

  • Ensure your pet has a microchip and an ID tag
  • Keep your pets secured indoors if possible
  • Remove any objects at home that could cause injury to a panicking animal
  • Leave on the TV or radio to mask the sound of the fireworks
  • If your pet is particularly prone to panic, stay home with them
  • If your pet is particularly afraid of fireworks, consider visiting the vet to inquire about medication


Pets could potentially flee and injure themselves as they try to escape the noise.

Please contact your local council for assistance if you come across a wandering pet, or if your own pet goes missing over the festive period, as it may be at their local animal care facility.

RSPCA NSW shelters will be closed from January 1 to January 3rd, 2022 and our RSPCA NSW veterinary hospitals will be operating on an emergency-only basis.

For emergency and animal cruelty reports, our contact line is accessible from the hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week at 1300 278 3589.