The Fourth of July is coming soon and for many that means picnics, outdoor barbeques and family get-togethers. Another big part of the Fourth celebrations are fireworks. For many dogs, the Fourth of July is a frightening day. Because of loud noises and outdoor activities, more dogs are lost around the Fourth of July than any other time of year. Those who are not lucky enough to be claimed from animal control facilities are euthanized.
On Monday, July 9, Animal Friends will hold the 5th annual Liberation Day Rescue to offer a second chance to lost and unclaimed dogs that are slated to be euthanized at animal control facilities around the city.
Rescued dogs will get the full Animal Friends treatment once they arrive at the shelter. They will get new names, be vaccinated and bathed and groomed. Pending any necessary evaluation, the dogs will be spayed or neutered and readied for adoption into loving families beginning July 11.
Animal Friends’ goals are to rescue lost pets and bring attention to the fact that simple measures can help keep your dog safe this Fourth of July:
- If possible, keep your dog inside and secured. A frightened dog will try to find any route of escape, whether it be an open door or a cracked window. If possible, offer your dog a “safe spot” in your home to hide until the fireworks have subsided. Some dogs like bathtubs, some like basements, whatever works for your pooch.
- If your dog must be outside, keep a close eye on them. Make sure they are on leash or in a secure fenced-in area. Make sure others know that your dog is present and to make sure that fence gates are closed.
- Never take your pet to see fireworks. Many pets become startled and bolt.