BEND, OR – This weekend’s Balloons Over Bend event will feature a colorful display, but some elements may scare animals. The unfamiliar sight of a low-flying balloon and its shadow can scare any animal. Unpredictable landings can bring a ball close to a backyard. The sound of hot air balloons filling with air can scare pets.
The Humane Society of Central Oregon advises people to secure pets living indoors near RE Jewell Elementary in Southeast Bend (20550 Murphy Rd, Bend) during morning balloon launches taking off around 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Landings are unpredictable, so safely secure your pets in outlying areas.
Balloons will be filled for the “Night Glow” event in Bend at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) on Friday and in Redmond at Sam Johnson Park on Saturday. Balloons Over Bend organizers say, “No pets are allowed on Balloons Over Bend premises. Service animals are permitted in accordance with ADA policies and Oregon State law.
Bend Animal Shelter receives animals and reports lost animals that have been scared away by balloons. The best way to protect your pet is to keep it indoors and carry proper identification. Hot air balloon landings can be unpredictable, so pets in the vicinity should also be secured in a safe place.
If you lose or find a pet, report it immediately to the Humane Society of Central Oregon at 541.382.3537 or your local shelter. Stray animals arriving at the Bend shelter are posted at hsco.org/strays.