Local shelters filling up with pets scared away from home by fireworks

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BURTON (WJRT) - (07/10/2018) - The 4th of July is a day of celebration, but for many pet owners it can be a frightening time. Fireworks and other large noises can frighten a pet enough to run away from home.

The Humane Society of Genesee County, located on Dort Hwy in Burton, is busy trying to reconnect these lost pets with their owners.
The Fourth of July is over but the summer celebrations continue and this could put your pet at risk. In fact this is the busiest time of the year for pets to go missing.

But for Lin Holmes and The Humane Society of Genesee County this is nothing new.

"We always see an increase around this time and getting calls of people saying hey I found an animal," said Holmes, the team lead for adoptions at the Humane Society of Genesee County.

But what's the safest way to ensure that you can find your pet if they do get out?

“We've been pretty lucky this year as far as dogs coming in with either a collar or a microchip,” said Holmes. “For cats it's a little harder like we talked about keeping a collar on. So we always recommend microchipping them."

You must also keep an eye out when hosting parties and guests are coming in and out of the door, where your cat or dog may easily sneak out.

But there are many resources to use to try to find your lost pet.

“Social media is huge with pictures of your animal that are lost,” said Holmes. “Get into the shelters and fill out those lost reports to your animal back to you.”

Just because the holiday is over, you must still be aware of your pet.

“Even though the Fourth has already passed,” said Holmes. “We want to make sure we're still recognizing that our animals can get startled by those sounds and stuff like that and get scared and take off.”
A tip for pet owners during those firework filled nights is to turn on a TV or radio to try to drown out the sounds coming from outside and keep your pet calm.

If you have lost a pet or found one you can reach out to the Humane Society of Genesee County, to contact, click on the 'related links' section on the right side of this page.

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