Ask SAM: Keeping Pets Safe During Fireworks | local news

Fireworks on the Fourth of July holiday are like American apple pie.

But for many pets, especially dogs, the loud noises made by fireworks are frightening and may make them run away.

“Noise associated with celebrations, whether from neighbors’ fireworks or large fireworks displays, often causes pets to panic and run away as they try to find a safe place to hide,” said the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division.

“Across the country, there is a 30% increase in the number of pets lost from July 4 to 6. Animal shelters report that July 5th is usually the busiest day of the year.”

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Unfortunately, many dogs who quit never return to their owners.

Dogs are highly susceptible to fireworks noise. If they can’t find shelter to get away from the fireworks, they may hurt themselves.

“Common signs of firework noise stress include shivering, shivering, excessive panting, salivation, and trying to hide,” the department said.

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Animal Services offered these tips for keeping pets safe during fireworks:

• Keep pets indoors and, if possible, do not leave them alone.

• Give pets access to their crate or other safe place in your home.

• Periodically throw pets a treat or a toy to keep them occupied.

• Reduce noise by closing windows and turning on the radio or television.

• Behave naturally with pets because they take emotional cues from humans.

Make sure your pet gets an electronic chip, which makes it very easy for pets and families to reunite.

If you lose your pet, contact the Forsyth Humane Society 336-721-1303, or check out their website at A list of pets that come to the shelter is available on the website.

If you find a pet, Christina Howell, a spokeswoman for Animal Services, has these tips for pet and owner reunification.

“If someone finds an animal that they think is lost, they should check the tags to see if there is a number to contact the owner directly.

“If they cannot locate the owner, they can call Animal Services on the non-emergency number at 336-727-2112. (Note that our response time can be long due to hiring and the fact that we receive a large number of stray calls.)

“Our animal services officials will check to see if the animal is provided with a microchip, and Forsyth Humane Society will look after it to see if it can be reunited with its owner.

“It helps to put the animal in a live app like NextDoor, or a neighborhood group on social media.

“An individual can update the post with the information that the animal is with the Forsyth Humane Society as soon as it has been captured.

“We want pets that are separated from their owners,” Howell said.

The animal shelter is located at 5570 Sturmer Park Circle. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM from Tuesday to Saturday. It is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. The phone number is 336-703-2480.

We wish you and your fur mate have a safe and happy 4th of July.

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