Fireworks cause high number of pets to go missing

Local shelters report increase in calls for missing animals

SAN ANTONIO - Local animal shelters reported an increase in the number of calls for lost pets following the Fourth of July holiday.

Fireworks can be a nightmare for dogs and cats, which is why the holiday has the reputation for being one of the worst for pets to go missing.

“We all know dogs and cats hate loud noises, and fireworks are no different,” said Hugo Vital, communication director for the Animal Defense League.

Vital said the shelter’s adoption center received triple the amount of calls on Friday July 5th compared to a normal Friday.

“Normally a Friday is fairly consistent. 20 to 30 calls between both locations, our adoption center and our hospital,” he said. “We received well over 100 calls.”

Vital said it’s imperative that pet owners micro-chip their dog or cats because, “ it’s the first thing a shelter will check for.”

Owners with missing pets should not assume they’re pet will come back because some shelters will only hold an animal for a certain number of days before putting it up for adoption.

Even if the pet is lucky enough to make it to a shelter, the experience of being away from its owners and around other animals it does not know can be detrimental to its health.

“Mentally, physically, they’re not used to being in an environment like this. So it’s actually can be harmful to a pet," Vital said.


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