Humane Society sees increase in lost pets after Fourth of July

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A local humane society is asking for residents' help keeping animals safe over the Fourth of July.

Elmbrook Humane Society says there is often an increase in lost pets after the holiday due to fireworks and commotion, which can be frightening and stressful to pets.

For the safety and protection of animals, EBHS recommends the following:

  • Leave pets at home and inside. Fireworks can be terrifying to pets, even pets who are accustomed to being around crowds and commotion.
  • Create a home sanctuary. Leave your pet in an area of your home where he or she is safe, comfortable and sheltered from outside noise and lights. An interior room without immediate access to the outside is preferred. Playing a radio with relaxing music may help mask the sound of fireworks.
  • Pet-proof your home. When scared, some animals may become destructive, so be sure to remove anything from reach that can become damaged or may harm the pet if chewed or eaten.
  • Keep identification up to date. Pets may panic, escape and become lost. Updated identification is critical to ensuring lost pets are reunited with their families.
  • Consult a veterinarian for pets with anxiety. Some remedies may be available to lower your pet's stress level if this is a known issue.

"Annually, we rescue several lost pets as a result of fireworks scaring them," EBHS Executive Director Heather Gehrke. "Making sure to include your pet's care in your holiday plans can keep them safe and happy during the Fourth of July holiday."

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