For those who work at Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter, the Fourth of July means more than flags and fireworks: It means a surge of stray dogs and kittens. Dogs get scared by fireworks and run off, and many cats give birth in early July.
Developed last year by TNT Fireworks – one of two companies allowed to sell fireworks in Sacramento County – “Nail ’em” lets users upload locations, times, photos, audio notes and descriptions of illegal fireworks in their area.
The Fourth of July is a blast for many people, but it can be one of the most frightening days of the year for animals. July 5 is the busiest day of the year for many animal shelters as pets spooked by fireworks flee and end up in shelters’ care.
Per annual tradition, The Bee’s interns measured the length and “wow factor” of each firework, taking careful notes to provide the best possible recommendations to ensure your Independence Day shindig is off the hook.