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Ensuring A Safe, Enjoyable July 4th for People and Pets

Fireworks will soon light up the sky across the Denver metro area in celebration of Independence Day. These dazzling displays are beautiful and thrilling for people but they’re not so fun for pets.

Denver Animal Protection wants to ensure residents have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July, while also being aware of pet safety. Fireworks, sparklers, cherry bombs and more can frighten even mild-mannered pets, and frightened animals are much more apt to run, hide or become destructive. However, there are many ways to keep your pet safe and calm during Independence Day celebrations. So, before you take your pet to a BBQ or fireworks display, please check out the following pet safety tips:


  • Don’t take your pet to parades or fireworks displays or leave your pet in the car at a fireworks show.
  • Don’t leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Pets that 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.


  • Keep 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.
  • Find a pet sitter if you’re spending the day away from home.
  • Provide a safe place. Pets may 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.
  • 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 Protection (DAP) to get your pet microchipped or licensed today.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. DAP offers customizable pet IDs.
  • Use a leash or carrier when transporting your pet. If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in carrier.
  • Talk to your veterinarian if you know your dog has anxiety.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, charcoal, food scraps and kabob skewers away from curious pets. 

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.

Denver Animal Shelter is open Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition, DAS 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 our Lost Pets listings at and visit DAS to look for your lost pet in person.

For more information about the Denver Animal Shelter or to license your pet online, visit