RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Animal shelters say the day after the fourth, the fifth of July, is one of the busiest days of the year for them. This is because fireworks spook the animals, often into running away.Related: Police tips to keep pets safe during Fourth of July holiday
“This year they (fireworks) were particularly spectacular and the finale was really nice, but then you get that lovely phone call, ‘My dog jumped out through the screen,'” said West Haven Animal Control Officer Denice Ford.
Ford says they’ve seen double the amount of dogs come through their doors over the past 3 days. So, far they’ve all found their homes again thanks to social media. That’s because they say the minute pictures get posted, they get shared.
“It’s just insane the amount of reach that you’re able to get which otherwise we wouldn’t have. We’re a small shelter,” said West Haven Animal Control Officer Shannon Rose.
So to keep your dog from getting it’s own Facebook post and making a visit to the shelter, get your pup some ID tags and register those microchips.
“I mean I’d like to think we’re the Ritz Carlton of shelters like we do a good job, but no one wants to be in the shelter,” Rose.
More fireworks are planned this month so the Ridgefield Fire Department released the following, helpful tips:
- It is best to keep your furry friends inside during fireworks.
- Set up a safe space for them to go when they get nervous.
- Keep windows and curtains closed to minimize sound and flashing lights.
- If your pet does go missing make sure to contact your local animal shelter.
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