For millions of Americans, the Fourth of July means fireworks. And while plenty of humans love the noise and lights of a fireworks show, pets – particularly dogs – almost always do not.
And that’s why more pets go missing on Independence Day than any other day of the year, according to Pet Amber Alert.
The problem is so serious that Richardson Rescue, an animal shelter in York, won’t allow adult dogs to be adopted on July 4, founder Janet Richardson said.
“The noise, especially if you have a dog that is afraid of thunder and lighting, will cause them such panic that they’ll run and they’ll be lost,” she said.
Even dogs that aren’t easily spooked should be kept inside where they don’t have any access to an outside door, Richardson said, because they can be let out accidentally. If a dog has a safe place he likes, such as under a table or curled in a corner, let him go there.
Richardson Rescue and Pet Amber Alert advise taking steps to keep your pooch safe while you enjoy the holiday: