Watch Your Pets! More Pets Are Lost on July 4th Than Any Other TimeDevan McGuinness
I am going to be celebrating a long weekend — with Monday being a holiday here in Canada, but for my American friends, your sights and celebrations will all be set for your Independence day on July 4th.
We like to do our Canada Day all up in style with BBQ’s, friend and family and of course, fireworks just like you guys do on the 4th of July. According to US national statistics, July 4th sees a 30% increase in lost pets than any other day of the year with July 5th being one of the busiest days of the year for pet shelters. So while you’re out celebrating, be sure to keep an eye on your pets as well — and keep in mind a few things:
According to PetAmberAlert, the fireworks that are a huge part of the 4th of July celebration is what is to blame for the increase of pets going missing. The noise and sights from the display of fireworks can leave our pets feeling scared, frantic and to run away from the noise and commotion.
According to an infographic done by PetAmberAlert, the three top dog breeds to run away are Labrador Retriever, Chihuahua and the Pit Bull, but also cats and birds are at an increased risk of getting lost around this time. Only14% of these lost pets are returned to their owners with over 30% being euthanized just because they can’t find the owner.
There are some ways to reduce the risk of your pet getting lost this celebration weekend — including keeping them inside and avoiding the noise.
Photo credit: modified from Daquella manera on Flickr