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More Pets Go Missing Over 4th of July Holiday

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According to PetAmberAlert.com, 30% more pets go missing between July 4th and 6th each year than any other time period. And with dogs being more afraid of the sound of fireworks* than thunder or gunfire, it is no wonder. They hear the scary sounds and flashing lights and head for safe ground… wherever that might be. Sadly, only 14% of these pets are reunited with their families and for those that are left behind somewhere between 30-60% are euthanized because they were not claimed or adopted.

Please keep your pets secured inside anytime fireworks are being used. If you know your pet is especially distressed at such times consider talking with your vet about treatment options to keep your pet safe and calm.

*Research published in Applied Animal Behavioral Science.

Lisa Smith