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Keep Your Pet Safe During Holiday Fireworks

The 4th of July and the days following are the busiest at animal shelters nationwide. While we’re celebrating July 4th with friends, family and fireworks, pets escape their homes because they are afraid of loud sounds from those fireworks, much like they may act during a thunderstorm.

The noise and unpredictability of fireworks leads many dogs to perceive them as a threat. This triggers their fight-or-flight response.


While COVID restrictions are lifted, there still are more small celebrations, which could mean fireworks may be closer to your home.


More pets go missing July 4-6 than any other time of year. According to animal control officials across the nation,  a 30%-60% increase in lost pets occurs at this time. That means 30 to 60% of a shelter’s existing population could be euthanized to make room for the pet that has no tags or microchip.

The best way to keep your pets safe are to start preparing for their safety in advance.



  • Get your dogs used to a “safe place” like a crate 

  • Get your dog microchipped 

  • Current Collars/Tags/License 

  • GPS 

  • Current rabies/vaccinations 

  • Have CBD on hand, give your dog a trial: For information visit 

  • Get a thunder shirt, best to acclimate the dog prior to July 4th so that putting one on is no big deal. 

  • Shop for enrichment toys 

  • Check your fence and reinforce escape routes 




  • Keep pets inside 

  • Administer CBD: For information visit 

  • Place thunder shirt on your dog 

  • Close doors/windows 

  • Act calm around your dog 

  • Stay home or board your dog if you can’t find a suitable place in your home for the night. 

  • Prepare your dog’s “safe crate and provide enrichment toys and soothing music 

  • Exercise your dog vigorously July 4 

  • Don’t take your dog to parties where fireworks will be used.

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