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.