As we all get ready to celebrate Independence Day, many shelters are bracing for a major influx of lost pets. According to the Dumb Friends League, the number of lost pets brought into its shelters on July 5 nearly doubles. On an average day, the Dumb Friends League receives approximately 26 lost pets between its two shelters and on July 5, 2013, the League received 66 lost pets. A similar increase is expected this year.
“The loud noise of fireworks often frightens pets and causes them to run away,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “We strongly encourage all pet owners who are missing their pet or pets to visit all area shelters immediately.”
To help calm their anxiety, if you can put them in the basement away from the noise that help, it’s also the time to get out the Thundershirt. Our dog really is bothered by the fireworks so we have invested in this. In our neighborhood people shoot off fireworks at different times of the year like the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve and sometimes it helps during bad thunderstorms that bring hail.
The patented ThunderShirt design applies gentle, constant pressure to calm anxiety, fear, and over excitement. Calms during fireworks, thunder, separation, travel, vet visits, and much more with no training and no medication so your dog stays drug-free. I’ve heard this is great for rescue dogs while you are transporting them and introducing them to their new home.
The Dumb Friends League, in conjunction with the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance, offers the following advice for pet owners looking for their pet:
- Don’t assume your cat or dog will find its way home. Visit or call all area shelters as soon as possible.
- File a lost report and give a photo to each of these shelters in case someone brings in your pet.
- Look around your neighborhood and post fliers with your pet’s photo and your contact information, if your neighborhood allows it.
- Most importantly, act fast and don’t give up.
- To increase your chances of being reunited with your pet in the future, make sure your cat or dog is wearing a collar with current ID tags at all times, and consider getting a microchip ID implant for your pet from your veterinarian.
Never give up the hunt for your lost pets, they wouldn’t give up on you!