Best Friends Animal Society Helps Declare Inde-Pet-Dence This 4th! Offers Fireworks Safety Tips for For Your Four-Legged Family Members (Guest Blog)


dakota 4th of july

Food. Fireworks. Fun. That’s the scenario for millions of people who celebrate US Independence Day on July 4th, one of the year’s liveliest holidays.

Unfortunately, for pets that get frightened during the festivities, it can be anything but a celebration. Driven by a fearful reaction to fireworks and other loud sights and sounds, dogs and cats that flee from their homes often end up in municipal animal shelters.

“Nationwide, July 4th weekend is the busiest shelter intake time of the year. So, while many of us are celebrating a holiday, the shelters will be flooded with pets, many of which will never find their way home,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “In order to avoid this heartbreaking scenario, we encourage owners to make the holiday as safe as possible for their pets.”

Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips to help keep your pets safe over the holiday weekend:

  • Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a room and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.
  • Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including your own backyard, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.
  • Ensure that pets are wearing current identification tags.
  • For the ultimate identification protection, all pets should be microchipped so that they can scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary office.
  • If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check with local animal shelters immediately. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or emailing the shelter, as staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion to ensure your pet’s safety.

To maximize lifesaving efforts in July, Best Friends Animal Society is hosting a national “Celebrate Freedom” adoption campaign at its facilities in LA and Salt Lake City, as well as through its more than 1,100 No More Homeless Pets Network Partners across the country. For the month of July, adoption fees will start at just $25. (For more information about  participating organizations near you, visit Best Friends Here .


Photo Courtesy of Best Friends

Photo Courtesy of Best Friends

 “There is no better time than now if you’re in the market to adopt a dog or cat. You’ll be saving two lives with every adoption, the one you take home and the one that now has space at the shelter,” Castle said.

Best Friends is also offering special hours and fees on July 4th weekend at its adoption centers, where all pets originate from municipal shelters:

  • Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, CA, which transfers dogs and cats from Los Angeles Animal Services to its no-kill facility, is hosting a special 24/7 #Freedom100 adoption marathon. From noon on Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6 at 8 p.m., the center will offer $10 fees for the first 100 adopters.
  • The Best Friends’ NKLA Pet Adoption Center in Los Angeles, CA will offer $10 adoptions for all cats and $25 on select dogs during its daily business hours of noon to 8 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 5.
  • The Best Friends Sugar House Adoption Center in Salt Lake City, UT will be open during on July 4thfrom 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate holiday adopters, with $25 adoptions on pets six months or older to the first 100 adopters.

Each pet at the Best Friends centers is spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and ready to go home immediately

“Adoption isn’t just the most humane option when adding a four-legged member to your family, it’s convenient and cost-effective, too,” Castle said. “Our hope is that Americans  across the country will band together to declare this 4th as Inde-Pet-Dence Day for shelter pets in their community.”



About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.


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  1. We are fortunate that neither Ruby nor Pip have ever been bothered by fireworks. Of course, we are still extra careful. I admit they make me nervous especially the ones that people set off by themselves. Ugh.
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  2. Woof,fireworks big noise scares pawbabies and hero’s with PTSD

  3. Important reminders. Keep your pets safe!
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  4. Hopefully with more reminders like this we can all help keep all pups safe and sound during the holiday.

  5. Monika says:

    As a naturalized citizen, I take the 4th very seriously but hate all the terror fireworks can cause dogs. Breaks my heart and I find I usually pray for rain. Paws crossed that it will be a safe ‘howliday’ and people realize they need to ensure their dog’s safety first. Hope yours is a safe one!
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  6. those are great tips and reminders
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  7. I hope all will have a great 4th of july. Let’s hope that the dogtors at the ER can enjoy a quiet night and that no one runs away with fear and that no one gets lost.
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  8. Bentley hates fireworks. We will be implementing all of our soothing remedies to make it through the weekend. ☺
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  9. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    They just made fireworks legal in our county, so they are selling them everywhere! I keep worrying about all those pets that get scared. I think its going to be a long firework season……poor babies. Luckily, my two sleep through it, but Misty was terrified of them, so I know how bad it can be.

  10. Fireworks intrigue my dogs to barking. They are a real nuisance to loads of dog owners, and cause them to dread occasions where they may be fired.
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  11. Great information to help us all prepare for this loud (and sometimes scary) holiday. We’re huge fans of Best Friends, too!

  12. Such an important and timely post – we heard our first firecracker last night and Harley looked up at me as if to say – “not again this year too!”

  13. Karen says:

    Good timely tips for a safe and happy holiday. Thank you for the reminders!
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  14. Not only do I have to contend with those noisy fireworks, there are hot air balloons and sonic booms from jets for several days around this special day here in our locale.

    I get so angry at them my hackles are up and I bark myself hoarse to make them go away…same with thunder. Growlmy says she knows deep down I am scared but am just putting up a front…what??

  15. Jodi says:

    I tend to keep the pups inside because we have crazy neighbors, usually the TV and the air conditioning are on which help to muffle the sounds, but sometimes the dogs want to go outside and bark at the noise.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips.
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  16. Very important, thanks for sharing!
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  17. Great reminders, Dakota! People around here go nutso-crazy with fireworks, but we’re pretty good about it.
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  18. Good reminders, Dakota and Mom. Thank you for sharing — fireworks are no fun for us animals!
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  19. Great tips! (Luckily Rita doesn’t mind fireworks. We live close enough to hear the SeaWorld fireworks all summer long, so she’s used to them.) Hope you have a great holiday weekend!
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  20. Thanks for the great tips for fireworks safety and info on the adoption event.
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