What’s the best way to keep your pets safe during the Fourth of July holiday?
Leave them at home in the air conditioning.
According to the Vanderburgh Humane Society (VHS), the first business day following July 4th is the busiest time at animal shelters for lost pets.
“The thunderous noise from firework displays often frightens and disorients pets, and as a result they will often bolt from their owners or yard trying to get away from that noise,” say VHS staff members. “Even the most social, easygoing pets are often affected. You never know who will set off firecrackers right outside your house.”
VHS says that when fireworks begin dogs have been known to jump fences, dig out of their yards, break chains, and even bust through glass windows because of their fear.
To ensure your pet’s safe return if it does go missing, VHS recommends pet identification including a properly-fitting collar, ID tags with phone numbers, and a microchip.
They are offering a microchip clinic on Tuesday, June 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. in their front lobby.
Microchips will be available for $15, which is 40 percent off the regular price.
The clinic is first-come, first-serve. No appointment is necessary, so clients should arrive as close to 1:00 as possible.