Pet owners should start preparing for fireworks now, shelters say

Fireworks are often the highlight of many Fourth of July celebrations. But not all residents, and especially pets, enjoy the bombs bursting in air.

Thousands of animals are reported missing each year around Independence Day, with July 5 widely known as the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Last year, the Animal Foundation took in 412 stray pets between July 1 and July 10.

Only 23 percent were later returned to their owners, foundation spokeswoman Kelsey Pizzi said.

“We placed a lot of animals in the shelter into foster homes to help clear up space because we know what’s going to happen,” Pizzi said. “We know that we’re going to get hundreds of animals.”

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