Keep Pets Safe and Secure this Fourth of July
The Oregon Humane Society wants every pet owner to enjoy the holiday while keeping their pet(s) safe and secure.
Independence Day is not a time of celebration for our pets. The fireworks that we humans find so thrilling can drive pets, especially dogs, into a state of utter panic.
The explosions (even miles away) of fireworks, the high-pitched swoosh of rockets climbing into the sky, the flashes of light—these can all be overwhelming sensory assaults.
If your pet is terrified of fireworks, you probably know the signs: s/he cowers, trembles in fear, or hides and appears disoriented. Some pets become so frightened they take drastic action. They can crash through a screen door, jump out of a window, or leap over a fence.
Many Pets go Missing During July 4th Celebrations
Every year, Portland animal shelters have their hands full dealing with lost dogs that bolted on July 4th, cats that have run off, and anxious owners looking for them. Sadly, some lost pets are never recovered.
There are ways to make July 4th safer and less stressful for pets. Keep your pet indoors as much as possible on July 4th—and for a few days before and after, if your pet is extremely phobic of fireworks. If you find a stray animal, please keep them with you until your local animal shelter is open and ready to receive it.
Ways to Ensure Your Pet Won't Run Off
The Oregon Humane Society urges pet owners to follow the suggestions below to ensure their pets will not run off.
If Your Pet Becomes Lost
Donate to Help Pets in Need
Make a difference in the lives of animals. The pets at OHS rely entirely on your donations for food, shelter, and medical care. Though it's easy to make a donation on your state tax form, you can also make an online donation if you prefer.