Preparing your pets for fireworks
It's the time of year some animals dread, fireworks season. Every year dogs and cats flee from the sound of fireworks. Local pounds say they see an increase of missing pets from now until after July 4th. If your pet disappears there are an array of options to get them back.
"A lot of people want to bring their dogs out to see the fireworks and they don't realize it is much, much louder to them than it is to us, so the dogs and cats are better off being in a house or camper," said Homeward Animal Shelter Manager, Heather Clyde.
There are things you can do to keep them calm. First keep them inside. Second, make them feel safe by hugging and talking to them in a soothing voice. It's also important to make sure your pet has an ID tag or microchip so if they get loose they can be returned.
If they get away, there are options out there besides just hanging up flyers.
There is a website called Pet Amber Alert (PetAmberAlert.com) which claims to do the work for you by putting out a one time alert via phone calls or fax to your neighborhood and businesses. It ranges in price from $30 to $80 and doesn't guarantee the pet being found. Although there are some complaints against the company, the BBB gives the company a B rating.
But if you're looking to save money, you could always use social media.
"There is also a lot of great Facebook pages out there," stated Clyde.
Clyde suggest the group Fargo Moorhead Lost and Found Pets and Personal Items. You can post that your animal is missing or if you find one. A group administrator tells us they've been able to reunite missing pets within 15 minutes.
"Facebook pages for lost pets are amazing in this area," said Clyde.
If you come across an animal that isn't yours, Clyde says turn it into the local pound so it can be checked for a microchip.
"Don't keep the pets until you know there isn't an owner looking for it," said Clyde.
Local pounds say owners should call sooner rather than later about their missing animal. Animals are held between 3 to 5 business days, before going to a shelter or rescue.
Another way to keep your pet calm during the fireworks is using a Thundershirt. Thundershirt is a pressure wrap that fits around the dog and is supposed to help them calm down.
Pounds in the area:
Moorhead's pound is the FM Animal Hospital - 218.236.9059
Fargo Pound - 701.232.7312
West Fargo's pound is the West Fargo Animal Hospital - 701.232.2898
Grand Forks is Circle of Friends Humane Society 701-775-3732