Keep Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July
Nevada Humane Society and Animal Services remind residents the risks to pets this holiday

Posted on behalf of the Nevada Humane Society

Reno, Nevada. June 29, 2016. Every year, shelters across the country see a sharp increase in stray animals during the 24-hour period around July 3-4 as noisy fireworks frighten many animals.

“Fourth of July fireworks are not fun for your pets,” Washoe County Regional Animal Services Director Shyanne Schull said. “Animals are sensitive to noise especially loud fireworks; some pets will go to extreme measures, such as chewing through fences and jumping through windows, in their effort to escape the noise. Your pet may wander many miles from home inadvertently being subjected to a variety of dangers.”

See our Lost and Found page.

To help keep pets home and safe over the Fourth of July holiday, Nevada Humane Society and Regional
Animal Services offer the following tips:

  • Before the fireworks start, bring and keep your dog or cat inside
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Take steps to drown the outside noise such as leaving a radio, television, fan, or air conditioner on
  • If you know that your pet does experience extreme anxieties to loud noises, it may be worthwhile to contact your veterinarian to see what recommendations they have
  • If you’re going to a firework display, the best way for everyone to get the most enjoyment is to leave your pets at home

Nevada Humane Society and Washoe County Regional Animal Services also encourage pet owners to make sure that their pets have identification tags and are microchipped just in case they do get lost. This will expedite getting pets and their families reunited. Regional Animal Services offers free microchips to Washoe County Residents! For more information or to post a lost or found animal, visit

For additional information and media, as well as details about Regional Animal Services, please contact
Shyanne Schull, Director, at 775-353-8900.

For more information about pet adoptions and Nevada Humane Society, visit or call 775-856-2000.


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