People Are Now Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks Celebrations To Comfort Scared Dogs In Shelters

People Are Now Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks Celebrations To Comfort Scared Dogs In Shelters

Fireworks, which are traditionally a major part of the 4th Of July Independance Day celebrations are being avoided by many Americans this year due to the negative impact they have on dogs.

Fireworks are a traditional part of most celebratory festivals. The 4th of July evening, New Years at midnight, Guy Fawkes Night in the UK to name a few, all have fireworks as a major part of the revelry and merrymaking.

But air pollution is not the only reason these volunteers are avoiding fireworks this Independence Day for, they are doing it for the sake of dogs and other animals who get absolutely terrified by the noise and lights that accompany them.  



'Calming the Canines' is an initiative-event started by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC). The event requires volunteers to take time out of their day to spend with the homeless dogs, which will involve calming and petting the frightened animals during the hectic celebrations. They reported that last year, more than 300 people showed up at their two shelters in Arizona to volunteer for the animals and to publicly display their refusal to use fireworks and crackers.  

β€œIt was overwhelming to see how the community responded,” Ben Swan, the shelter’s development director, said in a press release. β€œIt really helped spread our message that MCACC is here to help.”  



Amy Engel, a volunteer who runs the AZ Dawg Saverz Facebook page attended the event last 4th of July and is planning on doing so this year as well. She wrote about her experience on Facebook describing the day with much detail.

"Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats!. "It was so, so awesome because the dogs absolutely love the attention and were focused on the people and not the fireworks going on outside," she said.



The MCACC also said, "Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer". That means that this event isn't necessarily a one-time thing. Most volunteers who show up on the 4th of July end up coming back multiple times to spend time with their furry friends who they love so much.

The organization also recommends that all dog-owners keep their pets indoors as much as possible during the most intense hours of the Independence Day celebrations that are almost upon us. 



Following the success of last year's event, the animal shelter has put together some pointers that would help other shelters start such events of their own. The shelters requested volunteers to bring blankets to sit or lie on, folding chairs and to let the dog or cat calmly approach them so they could sit quietly next to it and keep them reassured and warm. 

This year, the staff working at the shelter said that they expect even more meaningful connections to be made between the people and the animals and that they hope that nothing but sheer kindness would be spread to the individuals who need it, and that's something definitely worth celebrating. 



It's indeed a sad reality that so many animals all around the country have been abandoned and forced to live in these shelters. Taking nothing away from the truly magnificent work that the volunteers and staff do at these shelters, the look on the faces of the animals as their volunteers depart following the day's work says it all.

No pup wants to be unloved and uncared for. However, it's even crueler to make them suffer and live in fear. That's exactly how they feel when around fireworks and crackers. They simply cannot resonate with that as it directly affects their nervous systems. 

Photo Courtesy: MCACC

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