Baby Gunn’s Animal Rescue recommends updating pets’ tags or even writing information on their collars ahead of Fourth of July festivities to help alleviate issues with lost pets.
“Please get tags on your dogs or get a Sharpie and write your phone number on their collar,” said Baby Gunn’s Animal Rescue President Carla Stowe. “Get updated pics now and keep them in a safe and secure area until fireworks are over.”
She continued to say fireworks will continue for about two weeks after Fourth of July, and pets are terrified of the loud noises, “and they will bolt.
“Too many pets are already missing or have been reported lost this weekend alone,” she said. “Many pets get scared and stressed when they see or hear a firework.”
Sheri Ashford with BGAR also recommends calming medicines to help keep pets calm during the Fourth of July celebrations.
On average, Stowe said, animal control sees an increase of about 30-60 percent in lost pets between July 4 and 6, “with July 5 as one of the busiest days for animal shelters.”
Recommendations Stowe offers pet owners include:
- have a safe space for your pet in your home they can retreat to while fireworks are being shot off, and play some music for them. The music will help them block out some of the noise.
- play with your pet or give them a treat if you see them pacing or displaying any nervous behavior.
- above all else, please make sure their ID tags are updated with the current and correct contact information in case they get out and run away.