PHOENIX - The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and with celebrations likely to kick off this weekend, the Arizona Humane Society is offering some crucial tips to keep four-legged friends safe during the rowdy festivities.
According to AHS, July 5 is the busiest day for shelters across the country due to pets taking off during the banging and whistling of loud fireworks displays. In fact, more pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other holiday.
AHS is releasing some tips to keep your pets safe this using the celebrations this year:
Proper identification. Make sure your pet has up-to-date ID tags and microchips. Microchips will increase the chance of a lost pet being returned to its rightful owner.
Stay cool. July Fourth occurs during one of the hottest summer months. Be sure to keep pets indoors or make sure your pet has plenty of shade and fresh water. Protect your pets’ paws with booties or keep them off the hot pavement.
Have eyes on your pet. Do not leave a pet unattended in the backyard. The sound of fireworks can send them running or cause them to try digging out. Also, alcohol and many other foods left on dinner plates may be dangerous for pets to consume.
Report pets in distress. If a pet shows signs of distress this summer, reach out to the AHS field dispatch team at 602-997-7585.
For more information about lost or found pets, visit here.