Animal Shelter: Many Pets Lost During 4th of July Because of Loud Noises

By Jami Brinton, Reporter

IOWA CITY – Iowa City Animal Services is urging pet owners get their pets licensed and microchipped before July Fourth.

Misha Goodman, Iowa City's animal shelter director, says more animals are lost during the 4th of July celebrations than at any other time of the year.

"Loud noises from fireworks frighten animals due to their heightened senses of hearing and they will do anything to escape the noise," Goodman said.

A pet make demonstrate uneasiness by acting out of character which may include chewing through a leash, jumping through screens and glass windows, and running into traffic, among other things.

The Iowa City Animal Shelter offers these suggests to ensure your pet's protection:
- Do not take your pet to fireworks displays.
- Do not leave your pet in the car.
- If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the feat and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.
- Never leave pets unattended while outside, even in a fenced yard or on a chain.
- Make sure your pets wear identification tags so if they do become lost they can be promptly returned.
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