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Tips for Ensuring a Safe, Enjoyable July 4th for People and Pets

Thousands of Coloradans will be staying out to watch the fireworks light up the sky this July 4. While these firework shows can be fun for many, they are not fun for pets.

Denver Animal Protection encourages pet owners to enjoy the show, but leave their pets at home and use the following tips to ensure a safe, enjoyable holiday for everyone:

  • Don’t take your pet to firework displays or leave your pet in the car at a fireworks show.  In addition, opened windows do not provide sufficient air. Never leave your pets alone in your car.
  • Do keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure you've removed any fragile items. Also, leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep them company.
  • Do provide a safe "escape" place. Pets will seek out a small den-like place, such as a crate, if they are fearful or stressed. Create a safe place and familiarize your pet with the area before needed to reduce stress during fireworks.
  • Don’t leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, when fearful. This could put them at risk of injury or death.
  • Do license and microchip your pet. If for some reason your pet escapes, make sure your pet is licensed and microchipped. Having identification will increase the likelihood that your pet will be returned to you if lost. Visit Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) to get your pet microchipped or licensed today.
  • Do use a leash or carrier. If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in carrier.
  • Do make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. DAS offers customizable pet IDs.

Animals found running at-large should be taken to your local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. DAS is open Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. DAS also has ‘night drop’ kennels open after hours to help keep lost pets safe even after they have closed. If your pet becomes lost over the holiday weekend, check the lost pets listings at www.denveranimalshelter.org and visit the shelter at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. to look for your lost pet in person.