San Diego Humane Society Offers Tips on Keeping Pets Safe this 4th of July
01:43 PM, Wednesday, June 27
Fourth of July fireworks.
Fourth of July fireworks.
While the 4th of July holiday is a festive day of celebration for people, it can be terrifying for our pets. Many pets even get lost in the commotion of Independence Day festivities. “There is typically a spike in the number of stray animals that we receive the day after a big holiday, like the 4th of July,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.  To keep pets safe this 4th of July, the San Diego Humane Society offers the following tips:


Four Tips for a Safe 4th:

• Pets are a part of our family, so it is understandable to want to include them in holiday plans. But fireworks can be scary and stressful for your pet!  Dogs have a heightened sense of hearing so the jolts and loud noises can cause many animals to flee, looking for shelter.  It is safer and less stressful for your pet if you keep them inside.

• Create a safe and comfortable environment for your pets. Make sure they have a crate or a bed to escape to and consider leaving on the TV or playing music to help drown out the noise. Give your pets their favorite treat or toy that will provide enrichment and keep them busy.

• Keep all doors and windows closed, and patch up any holes in your fence.  If houseguests come over, make sure they know the rules about keeping your pets inside.

• Make sure all your pets are microchipped and your dogs are licensed.  If your pet does go missing, these steps will help ensure a quick reunion. Contact your local shelter immediately if your pet is missing (for the cities of Oceanside and Vista, the San Diego Humane Society, North Campus handles lost and found pets).


About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals.  The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services.  For more information or to see current animals available for adoption, please visit

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