Fireworks Aren't Pet Friendly

Please don't take me out to the Equestrian Center for the fireworks and then wonder why I ran off. (Photo by Ron Richter)
Please don't take me out to the Equestrian Center for the fireworks and then wonder why I ran off. (Photo by Ron Richter)

Fourth of July celebrations and pets usually don't mix well. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.


Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a day that we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Fireworks have been used to celebrate the holiday since its inception, as the City of Philadelphia, our nation's capital at the time, used cannons, guns, and of course fireworks during the first official celebration of July 4 in 1777.

But not everyone or everything likes fireworks, as most people that have pets have come to realize. Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter Executive Director Debie Crawford says that more pets get lost on July 4th, than any other day of the year.

Crawford said that pets should never be left outside alone while fireworks are going off and that shelters typically see an influx of stray animals being brought in this time of year. Because of this, she said that all pets should be properly equipped with an up-to-date ID tag.

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