Every Fourth of July, and the day after, animal shelters are inundated with dogs and cats that bolt their homes to flee the boom and flash of fireworks. Many lack identification and never are reunited with their owners.
The best place for pets on Independence Day is inside the house, perhaps with soothing music on the radio or a wildlife program on TV, according to The Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Sacramento city and county animal shelters have websites with tools to help search for lost animals. Proper identification, including a tag or a microchip, will help reunite a lost pet with its owner.
The SPCA and other experts offer the following advice to protect animals during the holiday and beyond:American Kennel Club
See more tips from Sacramento County Animal Care here.