The Fourth of July is cause for celebration in the Hudson Valley. Unfortunately, it’s also a very busy weekend for local animal shelters, which carry the task of rounding up all the wayward pets that flee homes because of the noisy festivities. (Fireworks, sparklers, celebrations…oh my!)
That’s why there’s no time like the present to think about pet safety. Ahead of the holiday, here are some tips to keep your beloved pets safe and sounds in the Hudson Valley.
How to Keep Pets Safe for the Fourth of July
- Do not bring your pet to fireworks displays. Keep them indoors.
- Close the windows! Startled pets often run right through screens.
- If you’re celebrating at home, keep your pet in a crate or a quiet room away from the festivities.
- Is your pet afraid of lightning? It’s most likely terrified of fireworks!
- Always make sure your pet is wearing identification. If your ID tags are worn, get them replaced — the Hudson Valley Humane Society offers free ID tags.
- Consider boarding your pet to ensure their safety over the holiday weekend.
- Consider dressing your pooch in an anxiety vest (like a Thundershirt).
- Never say never! If you find yourself saying “My dog never leaves the yard/house/property,” remember: there’s always a first time for everything, and it can be fatal. Fear from an unexpected noise — like fireworks — is all it takes for an animal to run.
- If you spot an unleashed pet without its owner, or any animal in a dangerous situation, call your local police or the Hudson Valley Humane Society at 845.354.3124.
- Of course, enjoy the holiday! Be safe and spread the word to all your friends.
For more information or safety tips from the Hudson Valley Humane Society, visit the organization’s website.