Missing 4th of July Pets

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

July 6, 2007

If you're missing your pet, we may know where he or she may be.

The Humane Society and the local SPCA say more pets than usual are taken to shelters in the days following the Fourth of July.

In fact, animal shelters across the country often get what they call "July 4th" dogs. They're dogs who run off during fireworks celebrations and are rescued by animal control officers or good samaritans who take them to the safety of the local shelter.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA has gotten more than 30 dogs in just the past two days.

"if you are missing a pet, visit (the SPCA) personally and come periodically the next couple of weeks to a month because just because you lost your animal today, doesn’t mean it won't appear here in a week," said Makena Yarbrough, the Director of Operations at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

The local SPCA also suggests pet owners call animal shelters in neighboring counties if they've lost a pet. Dogs can travel relatively far in a short amount of time.

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