Independence Day is full of food, festivities and fireworks, but as people enjoy the family fun, it’s important to make sure your furry friends stay safe.
“Pets shouldn’t be outside during fireworks,” said Courtney Kliman, marketing manager for Young Williams Animal Center.
The Fourth of July tends to be one of the biggest days for runaway pets, resulting in overcrowding problems for animal shelters.
“This is our highest intake time of the year,” Kilman said. “A lot of pets get loose because they are frightened by the fireworks. Their ears are sensitive, and they want to run to safety, so sometimes they run away.”
There are things you can do to keep your pets calm.
“I would suggest a quiet room in your house to where it’s very insulated and they can’t hear outside noises, and give them one of their favorite toys like a Kong, which will keep their brains stimulated and them occupied during the fireworks,” she said. “But the number one thing you can do is don’t have your dogs outside during fireworks.”
Keeping the trends in mind, Young Williams is doing its best to be proactive, offering seasonal discounts and promotions to make as much room as possible for incoming pets.
Adoptions of kittens and adult dogs are currently 50 percent off. Cats three years old and beyond are free, thanks to the Best Friends Animal Society.
“By doing this adoption special, we’re hoping that we can prevent any overcrowding issues and think ahead in the game,” Kliman said.