The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), along with the SPCA in the Comox Valley, is once again reminding animal owners to use extra caution this Halloween when fireworks and other noisemakers are going off.

“The sights and sounds of fireworks and other noisemakers are very frightening to animals and often cause them to run away to find a place to hide,” said Tricia DeBruyne, manager of the Comox Valley SPCA. “Keeping your pets indoors around Halloween will help stop this from happening.”

The CVRD administers the animal control bylaw for the electoral areas of Baynes Sound, Lazo North, and Puntledge-Black Creek (areas A, B and C). As well, the regional district supplies dog licenses to residents in those areas.

Making sure your dog is licensed makes helps them be more easily returned to you if they do run away.

“It’s very likely there will be fireworks beginning this weekend and going through to Halloween night, and those of us with animals need to take necessary precautions to keep them safe,” said Fred Bates, CVRD board chair.

It’s not just dogs that are afraid of the fireworks’ noise and lights. Horses and cats also react very negatively in those situations, so all animals should be contained during times of fireworks use.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is a partnership of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing nearly 60,000 residents with 85 services — from parks to full-service sports facilities to a solid waste system that serves both the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District