Halloween isn’t a treat for pets

Don’t let Halloween fun turn into a scary night for your family pet. Even the constant opening and closing of the front door to greet trick-or-treaters could be the opening for a scared pet to dash out of your home.

Seasonal decorations, such as dried berries, packaged candies and chocolate, are toxic to dogs. Spooky sounds and costumes can also frighten animals. They won’t understand unfamiliar characters shouting at the door or arriving for a party and may become protective.

To protect pets:

Make sure your pet is wearing at least two forms of current ID.

Tonight, make sure your pets are safe inside the house and away from the front door. If your pet becomes lost, visit local animal shelters as soon as possible and post flyers in the neighborhood.

Store Halloween candy away from animals. Chocolate can be lethal for dogs.

Change clocks replace smoke alarm batteries; pizza might be free

Marysville firefighters plan to help Domino’s Pizza deliver pies in the Marysville area the first three days of standard time, Sunday through Tuesday. It’s their way of encouraging folks to change smoke alarm batteries when they set clocks back Sunday.

Firefighters arriving in their fire engine will visit one Domino’s customer per night to test smoke alarms and see if the batteries have been changed.

If all of the home’s smoke alarms work, Domino’s Pizza will provide the entire pizza order for free.

For more information, call 360-363-8507.

Help available for food banks

Help is available for area shelters and food banks struggling to keep up with demand. An estimated $300,000 in federal money is available to help registered nonprofit agencies in Snohomish County, but applications are due soon.

A meeting will be 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army, 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett, to help answer questions about the application process. Letters stating an organization’s intent to apply for funds are due by Nov. 14. Grant applications are due by Nov. 28.

The money is used for nonprofit agencies to provide food, shelter and rent assistance.

For information, call Mary Anne Dillon the YWCA of Snohomish County at 425-258-2766, ext. 225

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