FOLLOWING last year’s anguish, when 21 animals were terrified at the Kloof and Highway SPCA after the fireworks displays during Diwali celebrations, Upper Highway animal lovers are appealing to the community to refrain from using loud fireworks.Diwali will be celebrated on October 18 and 19 and Guy Fawkes on November 5. Kloof and Highway SPCA manager Barbara Patrick said that loud bangs terrify animals and can cause them to injure themselves.She appealed to everyone celebrating Diwali to use fireworks without the loud bangs, to be considerate to animals, neighbours and the community, and abide by the laws and regulations pertaining to the use of fireworks.For pet owners, Patrick said having a microchip is important as the animal and owner can be identified in the case of loss or injury.Hillcrest SAPS Communications Officer Captain Linzi Smith said the SAPS ask that the community is careful when using or handling fireworks. “The use of fireworks is extremely traumatic on pets and we are asking the community to use their discretion. Hillcrest Police Station also extends warm wishes to all who celebrate Diwali.”SA Community Crime Watch founder Steven King also asked the community to be considerate and safe during festivities.“Make sure you keep your animals safe and if possible get calming medication from your vet. Stick to the prescribed by-laws regarding the use of fireworks and be considerate when using. “Don’t do something stupid that will get you into trouble, and monitor your children when using fireworks,” he added. Stray and lost animals can be brought to the Kloof and Highway SPCA standby kennels 24 hours a day.For injured animals, emergencies or microchipping, call 031 764 1212/3 office hours or 073 335 9322 after hours.