July 5, busiest day of the year for animal shelters in the Berkeley area

BERKELEY, NJ – When the people of Berkeley put out fireworks, bottled rockets and Roman candles to celebrate the upcoming July 4th vacation, local animal shelters are bracing for what usually ends up being the day on most busy of their year.

According to the American Kennel Club, more pets go missing on July 4 and 5 than any other day of the year.

As a result, animal shelters across the country are consistently reporting a dramatic increase in the number of dogs and cats they welcome during the Independence Day holidays.

Dallas Harsa, vice president of sales and marketing at AKC Reunite, told the organization’s website that many factors are influencing the increase in animal numbers. Over the years AKC Reunite has contributed to the return more than 500,000 animals lost to their owners.

“Barbecues, lots of people coming in and out of the house, and even the sound of fireworks, which can panic pets and they will try to flee somewhere,” Harsa said. “They don’t know where the noise is coming from and they’re trying to escape because they don’t understand.”

Here’s the problem: Dogs have a keen sense of hearing which makes the growl, buzz, hiss, crackle, buzz, and whistle of fireworks a traumatic experience.

While pet parents can easily plan municipal fireworks shows, it becomes more difficult to prepare and calm animals during spontaneous displays lighting up your street. If they are outside, the dogs can easily lock up. Even dogs tied with a leash or chain can come loose and jump off a high fence when they are afraid.

Yes fireworks scare your dog awayThe Humane Society of the United States advises checking with local animal shelters and animal control agencies first. Places to check out near you include:

Also, search your neighborhood several times a day and ask neighbors, postmen and delivery people if they have seen your dog. It is also a good idea to distribute recent photos of your dog with your contact details.

Also consider checking shelters within a 60 mile radius of your home.

There are a number of online sites that help reunite pets with their owners, including Pet fbi, or Animals found on the Internet. Others include:

If you’re planning a fireworks display in your backyard this year, at least one animal shelter is hoping you’ll avoid the noise in favor of dogs and cats waiting to be rescued.

The Sand Springs animal welfare facility, based in Oklahoma, recently shared the idea on social media in the hope that it spreads. The post suggests buying two bags of pet food for shelter instead of fireworks:

“Make a difference instead of noise,” the post read.

“It’s a great time of year for fireworks and everything, but the animals are really scared so we always say: make sure your pets are very safe when it’s fireworks time, ”Tracy Arvidson, animal coordinator at Sand Springs Animal Welfare, told Tulsa-based WTUL.

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