LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — It’s that time of the year when friends and family gather for the big fireworks display, but those flashes in the sky may cause frenzy for your furry friends.

According to PetAmberAlert, animal control officials across the nation report that more pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters across the country.

“Sadly, only 14 percent of lost pets are returned to their owners,” said Mark Jakubczak, Certified Pet Detective and Founder of PetAmberAlert. “And worse, 30-60 percent of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.”

PetAmberAlert has some helpful tips to keep pets safe this Fourth of July. Here are some suggestions:

  • Stay inside: Try to keep your pets indoors at all times during holiday celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with the pet.
  • Make them feel safe: Comfort your pets with hugging, talking to them, providing a treat and staying nearby, if possible.
  • Avoid the noise: Drown out the fireworks sounds as much as possible by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV.
  • Act normal: Talk and play with your pet as usual.
  • Protect your pet before the fireworks begin: Be proactive before your pet gets lost. There are various pet-finder services available including Pet Amber Alert ID Tag/Pet GPS that combines Amber Alert technology with a QR code and pet GPS to help lost pets return home safely.

For more tips to keep your pet safe, visit PetAmberAlert.com


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