Pet safety tips for the 4th of July

By Shelly Butler | Jul 03, 2018

Each year, animals are lost as a result of noise related to Independence Day celebrations.

In an effort to prevent lost pets, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center offers tips to ensure your animal stays safe and sound at home.

Here is a list of tips:

  • Make sure your animal has an ID tag with current owner contact information. An ID tag is your pet's ticket home.
  • Take your dog for a walk before the celebrations begin. Tiring out your dog with a nice long walk or game of fetch can help them relax and stay calm through the noise. A tired dog is definitely a more relaxed dog.
  • While fireworks are a longstanding tradition for this holiday, for most pets, fireworks are not a reason to party, but a reason to panic. It's best to keep your pet at home during fireworks displays.
  • If possible, keep your pet inside. Set up a nice quiet spot in a windowless room, or keep them in a carrier or kennel. Turn soft music on to help mask the sound from fireworks.
  • Leave your pet with toys or a Kong filled with treats. A frozen peanut butter or Greek yogurt Kong can provide hours of entertainment.
  • Consider staying home with your pet, especially if they are extra anxious. This will give them comfort
  • A thunder shirt or medication may be needed for highly anxious animals. Please consult your veterinarian.

If your pet does get lost during the holiday, PAWS urges residents to call their towns Animal Control Officer (ACO) or Police Department to inform them that your pet is missing and check with P.A.W.S. as well as other shelters in the area.

To contact P.A.W.S. call 236-8702 or email  To locate your towns ACO visit

Have a safe holiday!

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