Local shelters see influx of pets after Fourth of July
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Local animal shelters see an influx of pets every year after the Fourth of July.
Unfortunately, many pets become scared by the booms, popping and hissing noises of neighborhood fireworks.
And sometimes, they will bolt out of an open door, looking to escape the noise.
According to Darcy "DJ" Cogswell, an adoption counselor for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the no-kill shelter gets about 150 calls after the Fourth of July about lost dogs and cats.
DJ says that you can protect your pets by keeping them inside, turning on a television to muffle the noise of the fireworks.
He also advises to keep the doors closed and make sure they are either micro-chipped or wearing identification tags.
if you do take your pets outside, watch out for any firework debris that they may sniff out and decide to eat.
And, consider backing up a collar with a harness for more control.
DJ also advises to be careful when taking pets to watch the fireworks even from a distance. Their ears are much more sensitive than humans and they can become frightened even if the show is far away.
Despite the fact that the Fourth of July fell on Wednesday this year, the NSPCA is still expecting to take in lots of frightened pets.