Every year millions of Americans across the whole of United States come together and celebrate July 4th: Independence Day. When Americans rejoice for their independence and partake in hundreds of festivities like fireworks and outdoor parties. What you may not know is July 5th becomes the busiest period in an animal shelters year.
The weekend may be filled with fun and barbecues, but some families then spent the next day desperately searching for their lost pet. Dogs become frightened by the mad firecracker marathon and just run off into the night. Even indoor cats panic and run off in fear and outdoor cats may just hunker down frozen in fear by all the noise & explosions.
Volunteers and staff members across the nation start to prepare well in advance for the madness that becomes July 5th, the busiest day for most of these shelters in the whole year. In Oregon, reports indicate that 30 percent of lost pets happen solely around the 4th/5th July. Animal rescue staff love to have fun with their families during Independence day but in the back of their mind, they do groan thinking about all the poor pets that will get lost.
As soon as the open they will be slammed with hundreds of missing pet reports. In California, Kern County Animal Control reported that 255 dogs and cats normally come into the shelter over these next few days after the 4th of July. A huge influx which has to be organized accordingly to avoid any problems.
The problem is that unlike coming up against another animal, here in this situation the dog or cat has nothing to fight: it is firecrackers, therefore they run in fear. Their only thought is to run and try to get safe, that is why so many become lost. And fences will not stop your dog when fear overtakes their control, they will dig under or jump over. May even injure themselves in the process just to get away.
Remember don’t be another statistic and be sure to keep your pet locked up safely inside when noisy festivities with loud bangs are going to happen!