Animal shelter sees influx of pets after fireworks celebrations

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 Fireworks can send your pets into a panic.

“You don’t think it can happen, dogs can climb the same as any other animal they can jump.  If they need to get away from something they’ll find a way,” said Ark-La-Tex Animal Rescue volunteer Elyssa Teel.  

Animal shelter officials say the day after the fourth tends to be one of the busier of the year.  “When they take off running, they might run all night,” said Charles Lokey, Director of the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana.

Experts say animals are more sensitive to the sights and sounds of fireworks.  Lokey said, “Animals hear on different wavelengths than humans do, so that loud explosion that just sounds like a boom to you is magnified so many more times to that animal.”

During the celebrations, it’s recommended you keep your pets indoors.  If they’re outside, make sure they’re in a secure area.  Also, always make sure they’re wearing a collar with your contact information on it.  Microchipping is also helpful.  Teel said, “Make sure you register your chip, because it’s useless if it doesn’t have your information on it.”

If you do lose your pet, officials say it’s best to visit the shelter in person.  Strays in Texarkana can be put up for adoption after five days.

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