The Fourth of July is great for us humans but too noisy for pets.
In fact, today could end up being a really bad day for them.
I suspect more dogs and cats get lost on the Fourth of July holiday than at any other time of the year. It is a loud, smelly, stressful and frightening day for many animals.
If your cat or dog (or pet bird) is scared by the sound of thunder and lightening, it probably won't like the acrid flashing and banging of fireworks.
During the aftermath of previous Fourth of July celebrations over the years, many readers have sent me emails and letters describing how terrified dogs have jumped over backyard fences and disappeared into the night ... or knocked down gates, or crashed through living room windows.
Frightened cats have crawled under nearby houses and huddled there for days.
There are some simple things you can do to keep things from going wrong for your pets tonight:
And don't just call. Follow up with an actual visit to the shelter. The description you give over the phone may be interpreted differently by shelter staff who actually see the animal.
Continue to visit the shelter regularly if you don't find a lost dog or cat right away. Pets can turn up days or even weeks after they have been lost.
If you happen to find someone else's lost pet, take it to the local animal shelter so it can be reunited with its family. This is the place where a lost pet has the best chance of being returned to its humans.
This friendly little commercial has been brought to you by The Humane Society of the United States ... the Humane Society of Silicon Valley ... East Bay SPCA ... and me.
Now please have a safe and fun Fourth of July!
Contact Gary Bogue at email@example.com; or write Gary, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.