Food. Fireworks. Fun. That’s the scenario for millions of people who celebrate Independence Day on July 4, one of the year’s liveliest holidays.
Unfortunately, for pets that get frightened during the festivities, it can be anything but a celebration. Driven by a fearful reaction to fireworks and other loud sights and sounds, dogs and cats that flee from their homes often end up in municipal animal shelters.
“Nationwide, July Fourth weekend is the busiest shelter intake time of the year. So, while many of us are celebrating a holiday, the shelters will be flooded with pets, many of which will never find their way home,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “In order to avoid this heartbreaking scenario, we encourage owners to make the holiday as safe as possible for their pets.”
Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips to help keep pets safe over the holiday weekend:
· Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a room and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.
· Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including your own back yard, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.
· Ensure that pets are wearing current identification tags.
· For the ultimate identification protection, all pets should be microchipped so that they can scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary office.
· If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check with local animal shelters immediately. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or emailing the shelter, as staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion to ensure your pet’s safety.
To maximize lifesaving efforts in July, Best Friends Animal Society is hosting a national Celebrate Freedom adoption campaign at more than 1,100 No More Homeless Pets Network Partners across the country.
For July, adoption fees will start at $25. For more information about participating organizations, visit http://bestfriends.org/Adopt-a-Pet/National-Adoption-Specials/.
“There is no better time than now if you’re in the market to adopt a dog or cat,” Castle said. “You’ll be saving two lives with every adoption, the one you take home and the one that now has space at the shelter.”
Each pet at the Best Friends centers is spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and ready to go home immediately.
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