Taking in a fireworks show is a big part of many Fourth of July celebrations. However, many pets think the sights and sounds of fireworks are frightening. Dane County Humane Society often sees an increase in stray animals admitted to the shelter during fireworks’ season.
Luckily, there are some very simple steps you can take to protect your pet:
- Do not take pets outdoors for fireworks displays. Keep animals indoors, with the windows and curtains closed to reduce your pet's stress level.
- Make sure your pets have updated microchip information and proper identification on their collar. This allows lost pets to be more quickly and easily reunited with their owners.
- When inside, try to muffle the noise of the fireworks by using devices the pet may be familiar with. For example, turn on the television, radio, a fan or a specialized white-noise transmitter.
If you see a stray animal and feel safe approaching it, check the license tag and other identification. File a found report on DCHS's website. If you can’t keep the stray until its owner is found, make an appointment to bring the animal to the shelter. Never leave a stray animal in a crate or tied up outside the shelter.
Here are recommendations of what to do if you have lost your pet: