June 25, 2013
The upcoming Fourth of July celebration means fireworks and festive gatherings, however fireworks and pets can make a dangerous combination. Animal Humane Society reminds pet owners to keep animals safe and comfortable while people enjoy the festivities.
“Many pets are frightened by the loud noises associated with the 4th of July. Animals do not enjoy fireworks like people, it is stressful for them. The safest place for all pets during these celebrations is at home and inside,” says Cindy Johnson, director of customer service.
Johnson adds that it’s important to remember it’s not just the big displays that cause stress for animals. “People light fireworks all summer, especially the weeks before and after the 4th. It may just be the neighborhood kids lighting off fire crackers – but even that level can be dangerous and scary for pets.”
The following are a few basic guidelines to consider during summer celebrations:
Animal Humane Society offers a free public service to help reunite people with their lost pets. To post a lost or found pet on Animal Humane Society's Lost & Found Online Bulletin Board visit /lost/lost-and-found-pets.