Hundreds Of Volunteers Show Up At Shelter To Comfort Dogs During 4th Of July Fireworks
We all love fireworks! Yet the 4th of July is one of the most difficult holidays for our pets and wild animals as fireworks cause a lot of stress. It can be even worse for animals in shelters because they are in kennels with nowhere to hide.
During last year’s 4th of July celebrations, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, in Phoenix, Arizona, came up with a way to deal with some of the stress dogs experience during fireworks. They called it “Calming Companions.”
They invited members of the community to come to sit with the cats and dogs being sheltered there during the 4th of July celebrations.
Believe it or not, about 200 people showed up to comfort the animals and let them know they were safe, despite the loud sounds coming from outside.
While the volunteers couldn’t stop the firework displays, just having something to take the animals’ minds off the loud noise was enough to calm them down.
This Facebook post says it all:
“Ever thought about bringing your dog to crowded places? even worse, crowded places with fireworks? I promise you dogs don’t like it. Tonight was the first year Maricopa County Animal Shelter presented “Comfort the Canines” …approx. 200 people came to help the pooches. Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats! it was so so awesome because the dogs absolutely love the attention and were focused on the people and not the fireworks going on outside. compassionate people.”
It was such a great success that the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control will make this a regular event every 4th of July.