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4th of July for our 4 Legged Friends

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GREAT FALLS - They’re loud, beautiful and fun to watch, but those specs in the sky may drive our furry friends out of town… Laura McElhinney of the Great Falls Animal Shelter says the loud noises and flashing lights scare animals and create high stress for your pets. This anxiety can cause them to act up from chewing up household items to running away, which puts them in even more danger on the roads.

Every year the shelter sees a large spike of strays coming into the shelter after the 4th of July. Laura says there are some simple precautions pet owners can take to prepare for the noisy celebrations.
  • Keep pets indoors - Leave your pet in an area of your home where he or she is safe, comfortable and sheltered from outside noise and lights.
  • Protect property – Scared animals tend to be destructive, so remove valuables or anything that may be harmful if chewed or swallowed.
  • Do not leave pets outside alone - During stressful events, animals (just like humans) tend to panic. When animals panic, they try to escape and may end up getting lost or hurt.
  • Proper identification - Make sure that your pet always wears identification. In the event your pet is lost, proper identification assists in the return of your pet.

If your pet does goes missing contact the shelter immediately and fill out a lost card form. Laura says Independence Day should be a day of celebration everyone including our pets. So the shelter is hosting a float during the day that everyone can get involved with.

"The Shelter Sidekicks," will participate in the Great Falls 4th of July Parade and they are looking for pets and their owners to join in on the fun. Those interested in riding the float are encouraged to wear patriotic attire on Friday, July 4th at 10 a.m. For more information contact Laura McElhinney, volunteer coordinator at 564-3685.

 
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