Lower the chance of lost dogs on the Fourth of July with some easy tips

Published 5:05 pm Friday, June 29, 2018

As the Fourth of July celebration approaches, the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society is making some recommendations on keeping animals safe and comfortable amidst all the fireworks.

Many animals, especially dogs, are very afraid of fireworks and will do most anything to get away from them, including running away. Shelter Director Ashley White says more dogs go missing over July 4th, than any other time of the year.

She gave a few tips on how to keep your dogs at home in relative comfort.

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The best advice is to bring and keep your dogs inside, and if you know they have anxiety problems, you might want to contact your veterinarian to obtain some medical help.

She recommends playing the TV or some calming music to help set a better environment. “Keep the windows closed and close the blinds or curtains to shut out some of the noise and lights.”

Maybe your animal has a safe room, such as a bathroom or closet, where they go in storms. If so, you may want to consider helping them find that safe place.

Above all else, White says, “Do not take your dog to public places where there are fireworks.”

She reminds the public that the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, but will reopen on the 5th for regular hours. If, in spite of all efforts, there is a case of a lost dog, you are encouraged to make contact with Animal Control and the Shelter on the 5th and advise them of the dog’s appearance and where it was last seen. In addition, post a photo on your Facebook page.

The Shelter can be reached at 229-246-0101 and Animal Control at 229-515-0172.

Help keep animals safe and reasonably comfortable this July 4.