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Pets & Fireworks Don't Mix: Safety Tips From The Humane Society

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(FOX 11 / AP) The Fourth of July is a favorite time of year for many people, not so much for pets.The noise of fireworks scares dogs and cats. The Humane Society is advising pet owners to be mindful, especially those who live near fireworks displays, where holiday events will take place this weekend.

The society urges people to find a cool, quiet place where pets can retreat from the noise. Keeping them inside will help the animals avoid stray fireworks. They should have plenty of water nearby.

Pets should not be taken to fireworks displays, and the society says the animal may panic if confined in a small area or chained outside.

From Sandra Endo:

Fireworks may be a staple for the Fourth of July but for mans best friend it may be one of the most frightening evenings.

Dogs and cats typically get scared of the loud sounds of fireworks and tend to hide or even run away when they hear them go off.

Pet shelters say July 5th is when they see the most animals come in after running away from home.

Alice Ensor from Lucky Puppy Rescue and Retail says there are ways to keep your pets safe and happy this holiday weekend.

"Keep them indoors with the TV or air-conditioner on, the sounds will keep them company. Make sure they're micro-chipped and have a collar that fits on them in case they do get loose and run away you have a better chance at finding them," Ensor says.

She adds, "dogs especially get so scared at the sound of fireworks some even jump out of second story windows and run away."

So even though Independence Day is a family affair, make sure to keep your furry friends inside, at home.

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