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The Fourth of July dilemma

Have a wonderful Fourth of July, but make sure your pets stay safeIt’s almost July Fourth, which for most of us means family, food, fireworks and fun. Chances are, whether you’re hitting the road or staying home, this weekend will be filled with great cookouts with great weather as we celebrate America’s independence from British rule.

However, for those of us in animal rescue, the weekend is known for another reason — the highest intake of pets to shelters in the entire year. The reason for that is fairly obvious. Fireworks and pets simply don’t mix. The loud booms that carry on for hours can scare even the most relaxed animals. Unfortunately, paired with the fact that many people leave their pets behind when they travel for July Fourth, the holiday results in far too many pets ending up as victims of the shelter system and being killed long before their owners even discover their pet is missing.

Of course, there are some common-sense tips that can keep your pets safe. Here are a few:

  • Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a room and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.
  • Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including those in your own backyard because some will chase after the bright moving objects and be at risk to be burned or blinded.
  • Ensure that pets are wearing current identification tags.
  • For the ultimate identification protection, all pets should be microchipped so that if they are lost they can be scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary office. If your animal is already chipped, ensure the information is up-to-date.
  • If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check with local animal shelters immediately. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or emailing the shelter because staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion to ensure your pet’s safety.
  • If your pet gets especially stressed by loud noises, you might want to ask your vet if he or she can prescribe something that will help your friend get through the holiday.

Given the influx of animals during the next month, we’re going to be holding an adoption campaign to try to alleviate the burden on shelters. Our Celebrate Freedom adoption campaign will be held at our two facilities in Los Angeles and our adoption center in Salt Lake City. Many of our more than 1,100 Network partner groups will also be participating.

For the month, adoption fees will start at just $25. Our adoption centers will also be offering extended hours and reduced fees over the July Fourth weekend. For more information, visit our website.

Whatever your plans are for this weekend, we hope you not only have a wonderful time but that you and your pets stay safe.

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Julie Castle
Chief Development and Marketing Officer
Best Friends Animal Society

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  • Karen Waters

    Hopefully this will work this time. I love cut and paste but it doesn’t always work for me. —
    I’m so frustrated I want to start crying. I have spent the ENTIRE DAY trying to contact ANY animal rights organization. Do you have any idea how difficult it is? I have several animal rights facebook sites, including Laws for Paws, etc. as well as the Capital Area Humane Society in my home state of Michigan, and so fourth. I’m a retired social worker. Most of my facebook friends are in human services or they are local legislators or law enforcement people. I have just about bombarded them over the last couple of years with posts of abused animals, requests to sign petitions, support new animal rights laws and so fourth. I worry that they may think I’m shifting too far away from human concerns toward concerns for animals. I also really don’t care. I’ve probably sent hundreds of posts on “adopt, don’t shop”, “report abusers”, and “free dogs from hot cars”, alone.
    What I really wanted to do today was to contact prominent animal rights activists to share some of the most critical abuse stories I’ve seen within the last week or so. Why, out of these thousands of animal rights organizations world wide, can I not even send a simple email? This was the best I could do.
    The websites that feature cats and dogs being hideously tortured (apparently A LOT of people are amused by this) are EASY to find. I’ve spent the day seeing this horror and I feel more helpless than ever. I’ve already seen all the dogs being skinned alive and having their limbs severed as I can stand. THAT’S why I was really hoping to make some progress today. No excuses, please. Just please be at least as accessible as the abusers. I know it’s easy for them to find each other.
    I have a health issue that severely restricts my physical energy. I hate it, but there it is. I’m forced to spend a lot more time than I want to resting. PLEASE help me to contact activists in the most expedient way possible so that I can do something for these good animals. I’ll be happy to share my FB info and email with secured, legitimate responders who share my concerns.

  • Karen Waters

    I’m going to share two things. The first is self-explanatory. The second will be in a subsequent post because I don’t know how to post both at once. The second will probably seem more appropriate because it involves a horrifying case of animal cruelty on the Fourth of July. So:

    Shared on another Animal Rights site earlier this week –

    I have a health issue that severely restricts my physical energy. I hate it, but there it is. I’m forced to spend a lot more time than I want to resting. PLEASE help me to contact activists in the most expedient way possible so that I can do something for these good animals. I’ll be happy to share my FB info and email with secured, legitimate responders who share my concerns.
    I have a health issue that severely restricts my physical energy. I hate it, but there it is. I’m forced to spend a lot more time than I want to resting. PLEASE help me to contact activists in the most expedient way possible so that I can do something for these good animals. I’ll be happy to share my FB info and email with secured, legitimate responders who share my concerns.
    I have a health issue that severely restricts my physical energy. I hate it, but there it is. I’m forced to spend a lot more time than I want to resting. PLEASE help me to contact activists in the most expedient way possible so that I can do something for these good animals. I’ll be happy to share my FB info and email with secured, legitimate responders who share my concerns.
    I have a health issue that severely restricts my physical energy. I hate it, but there it is. I’m forced to spend a lot more time than I want to resting. PLEASE help me to contact activists in the most expedient way possible so that I can do something for these good animals. I’ll be happy to share my FB info and email with secured, legitimate responders who share my concerns.

  • Melissa Pewitt

    This is the only reason I dred this Holiday!