It's expected to be a busy day at animal shelters, and you
can thank the Fourth of July.
While celebrating America's birthday is full of fun, pets aren't big fans. Look no further than local animal shelters for proof.
Exploding fireworks and neighborhood firecrackers are noisy, stressful, and even terrifying for pets, and many end up running away.
In fact, July 5 is usually the busiest day of the year for Hillsborough County Animal Services – since that's where many of those panicked dogs and cats wind up.
"People are just shocked at what their own dog, even an older dog, will do to escape the stress," Marti Ryan of animal services said. "And don't punish your animal if it starts to act a little unusual, you know, starts to be extra clingy or whiney or has a little accident. Stress makes people do funny things, and it's the same with animals."
If your pet runs off, experts say the best thing to do is check your local shelters early and often. In Hillsborough, animal services opens at 9 a.m.
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