Fourth of July Pet Safety
Jul 4

Fourth of July Pet Safety

Did you know that one of BARCS' busiest days of the year is July 5? This is because more animals get lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year! Each year, our intake numbers spike with stray dogs—many of whom got spooked by the loud noise of fireworks and escaped their yard or leash.

We don’t want to see your pet at BARCS, so please follow these simple tips for your cats and dogs safety during this fun, but very noisy, holiday:

• Fireworks are loud and confusing for pets. We urge pet owners to leave their furry friends at home and inside during the firework display.

• Give pets their own quiet room, playing gentle music or talk radio to cover the outside noises.

• If the party is at your home, give your dog an energetic play period before guests arrive for the celebration.

• When grilling, ask guests to play with your pup away from the flames and have healthy dog treats available instead of guests sneaking your pets people food.

• If you have a cat or other small pet, be sure to remind each guest to be careful coming in and out of the house so that they do not escape.

• Keep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks away from curious animals.

• Be sure your pet is wearing and up-to-date and visible ID tag on his or her collar.

• Make sure you have a current photo of your pet--just in case.

• Purchasing a pet license is like taking out an insurance policy–if your pet ever does get lost, it can help ensure they’ll be returned home to you. For information about licensing your pet, visit: