More pets go missing around July 4 than at any other time of year, and noisy fireworks are to blame.
While many of us enjoy the sights and sounds of big fireworks, our pets are often terrified by the loud noises and can become frantic and run away, trying to find a safe haven. According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60 percent increase in lost pets each year from July 4-6.
Julie Armes, the supervisor for the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, said July 5 is their busiest day of the year.
“People are coming in or calling, looking for their lost pets or bringing in pets they’ve found,” Armes said. “Sadly, many pet owners never come in to retrieve their dogs or cats.” [Read more…]