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Fireworks Force Pets From Home

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The holiday weekend and fireworks are over, but for many pet owners the search for their missing dog or cat has just begun.

"Some animals don't like the 4th of July. The noise and the lights, and the sounds and the smells, tend to get them a little nervous sometimes. Animals try to get away from that stimulus," said Dennis Graves, Animal Control supervisor.

Often times, pets run away from home.

That makes July 5, one of the busiest days of the year for Animal Control.

"A lot of times, we will have animals that wander up to people's houses after everything is over, and they'll call us. We'll come get them, or we'll load them in the car, and bring them to our facility," said Graves.

Animals are kept at Animal Control for at least three days. Their pictures are often times posted on www.petharbor.com.

Not all animals are found right away.

"It's best to be vigilant if you're a pet owner, and you've lost a pet. Check all the available resources, such as the animal shelter, the newspapers, and just drive around the neighborhood looking," said Graves.

The next time fireworks light up the night sky, Animal Control says it is better to be prepared.

"If you know your animal is sensitive to loud noises, and living in Kansas, you can figure that out about the first time a thunderstorm comes through. If your dog gets antsy, or your cat gets antsy when there are fireworks, it's always a good idea to put the animal in a place where he's not going to be bothered much by it," said Graves.

To claim your pet from Animal Control, you must show proof of ownership. You will also have to pay a fee. The amount depends on whether you pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, isn't licensed, or isn't spayed or neutered.


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