People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs

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People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs

As socialized animals, humans tend to live in a gather and mostly celebrate every event in a high manner. So as an upcoming event calls as “independence day” falls on the 4th of July, people are getting ready for it in advance. The way humans celebrate their functions is a bit loud and noisy most times. Though it gives some thrill to them, most animals are suffering from fear on those days.

In fact, fireworks and other loud noises can be a reason for most pets to hide under the bed. However, the pets raised by humans are lucky, while the stray animals felt worse on those celebrative days. When they have these noise phobias, it’s horrible. A lot of times, these dogs will self-mutilate. I’ve had dogs come in that have run through a plate-glass window. They think they’re going to die, and when you think you’re going to die, you do crazy things.” Marty Becker, a veterinarian, explains why dogs behave an unusual way on those days.

People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs
Image credits: Wesley Nitsckie

So during the past year, “Calming the Canines,” at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), launched a new Independence Day tradition that showed that nothing is as patriotic as kindness. During new year’s day, over 300 local community members showed up at the shelter’s two locations around Phoenix, Arizona, to comfort the scared dogs while others are celebrated it in an earsplitting way.

People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs

Engel explained the experience as “Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats!” wrote. “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.”

People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs
Image credits: maricopa
People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs
Image credits: maricopa
People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs
Image credits: maricopa

So this year also the shelter staff believes that this kind of kindness will spread even wider, and even more, meaningful connections will be made. What do you think? Can you skip your fireworks because of a stray animal? Comment below.

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