Pet Safety For 4th Of July

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s important for pet owners to take precautions for their dogs and cats over the Independence Day holiday as many people celebrate with fireworks.

Many animals get scared by fireworks and our local shelters see an uptick in lost dogs on this holiday.  Right now, it’s already an extremely busy time for shelters and they tend to already be full of dogs and cats that need to be adopted.  Please make sure you are taking steps to keep your pet safe this week.

Here are some tips to help:

* 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 any 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.
* Identification is essential. Pets may panic, escape and become lost. Updated identification is critical to ensuring lost pets are reunited with their families. Ideal identification is both a tag and microchip (make sure your chip is registered on a site such as
* Consult a veterinarian for pets with anxiety. Consult your veterinarian before the Fourth of July to seek out remedies to lower your pet’s stress level if this is a known issue.

Many dogs, cats and kittens are currently available for adoption at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control.

View some of the dogs up for adoption here: