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Keep pets inside, with windows and doors closed during the Fourth of July.

Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. June 30, 2014.  As public fireworks displays begin thundering on the Fourth of July, the phones start ringing at Washoe County Regional Animal Services. Every year, Animal Services sees a sharp increase in stray dog calls during the 24-hour period around July 4 and 5 as dogs attempt to flee from the noisy fireworks.  

“Fourth of July fireworks are no fun for dogs,” Regional Animal Services Manager Barry Brode said. “Some will go to extreme measures, such as jumping through open windows, in their effort to escape the noise.”

To help keep pets home and safe over the Fourth of July holiday, Regional Animal Services offers the following tips:

  • Before the fireworks start, bring and keep your dog inside
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Take steps to lower outside noise such as leaving a radio, television, fan, or air conditioner on
  • If you know your dog does experience extreme anxieties from loud noises, it may be worthwhile to contact your veterinarian to see what recommendations they have
  • If you’re going to a firework display, the best way for everyone to get the most enjoyment is to leave your pets at home 

Regional Animal Services staff also encourages pet owners to make sure their pets have identification tags and are microchipped just in case they do get lost. This will expedite getting pets and their families reunited.

“Our goal is to help all members of your family enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration,” Brode said.

For more information about Regional Animal Services, please visit http://www.washoeanimals.com/ or call 775-353-8900.

Regional Animal Services Shelter Operations and Office will be closed July 4, 2014. Dispatch will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.