Skip Fireworks on Canada Day and July 4th!
Did you know that many animals go missing each year because they panic and jump over fences or break chains and that some even jump through plate-glass windows in order to get away from the terrifying sound of fireworks?
After fireworks displays, animal shelters nationwide report an increase in the number of lost companion animals. Some animals are reunited with their families, but others are never found or are hit by cars or killed in other ways as they flee—not just from huge community fireworks displays but also from smaller displays (like the fireworks at your dad’s Fourth of July cookout).
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors in advance of the holiday (we all hear fireworks before Canada Day and the Fourth of July). Make them aware that the terror induced by fireworks can cause well-behaved animals to jump fences, dig holes, and run away.
- Make sure your dogs and cats have tags on, even when they’re inside.
- Keep music or a television playing inside the house to cover the noise of exploding fireworks, and close the curtains and turn on lights to minimize the flash.
Thanks for speaking up for all animals!