Well, the 4 of July is over and things are quieting down. Now it’s time for dog owners to round up or find their dogs who escaped from homes and yards and are now filling animal shelters all over the country.

Animal control officers pick up more dogs after the 4th of July than at any other time of the year. We may love fireworks with their festive colors and booms and bang but many dogs are not quite so enamored of the festivities.

Too often, dogs will do anything to escape the fear and anxiety the the loud, sudden noises of fireworks instill in them, including jumping fences, digging under them, digging through walls and even going through windows.

So this holiday weekend, many shelters will be open and shelter workers will be putting in some OT so that people whose dogs escaped can retrieve them.

Hopefully next year, people will listen and take the proper precautions when it comes to their canine companion’s safety on what for us is a festive holiday but for them can be a terror!

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