Pet owners should secure their yards, so that if fireworks unexpectedly go off nearby while pets are outside, they’re unlikely to get loose.
Hamby said ARC staff tend to see an increase in the number of animals reported missing and the number of strays following the Fourth of July. Pets should wear identification, such as dog tags on a collar, and ARC also recommends that pets be microchipped to help in reunification in case pets do go missing.
In addition to mitigating the stress on pets during fireworks shows, owners should be sure to keep human food and alcohol out of reach from pets while at cookouts, fireworks shows and other festivities.
Resources for reconnecting with lost pets can be found on the ARC’s website at http://mcanimals.org/lost-and-found/.