LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The 5th of July is one of the busiest days for animal shelters.
While Independence Day celebrations are a highlight of the summer for many Americans, pets are often confused and scared by the festivities. It's important to be aware that not all celebrating takes place on the 4th; there may be scary sounds all week long. Pets may run away, become lost, injured, or killed over the holiday.
Russell Anderson, with Lawton Animal Welfare, says: "While the 4th of July is a time of celebration for people, pets often become confused and disoriented. Lawton Animal Welfare sees a rise in intake numbers following the Independence Day holiday. Every year, animals are stressed by fireworks and other celebratory noises which may cause them to flee. Please, keep your animals inside this holiday to ensure their safety. If your animal does go missing, stop by Lawton Animal Welfare first."
Lawton Animal Welfare offers the following tips for keeping your pets safe this holiday:
- Bring your pets inside for the entire week leading up to the 4th of July.
- Turn up the music or TV volume when you are not home to drown out the fireworks.
- Do not leave your pet outside while you are at Freedom Festival watching fireworks.
- Keep up-to-date identification on your pet’s collar.
- Do not use fireworks around your pets.
Lawton Animal Welfare will be closed until July 5th for the holiday. Stop by Lawton Animal Welfare, 2104 SW 6th Street, if your pet goes missing.