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


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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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Dog Treats & Jingle Toys Encourages Pet Adoption-A Guest Blog By Aubree Sweeney



Adopting a pet is one of the most rewarding things you can do, not only for the pet but, for yourself. I can speak from experience when I say rescue pets positively impact our lives, in not only a physical, but also an emotional way.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if it wasn’t for Jake and She-Ra, my two rescue pets, I simply wouldn’t be me.

I'm A Rescue

When you adopt, you’re not just saving one pet. You’re making room for another at the shelter or rescue. That’s two lives and you have a new best friend.  Sounds like a great deal to me! For me, and many out there, adoption is and will always be the only choice.  Sadly, according to Best Friends Animal Society, less than 20% of pets in homes are rescues.  It’s high time for that to change.  The worst part is, despite countless campaigns, the general public is often times still misinformed about homeless pets.


The Top Two Reasons Why People Don’t Adopt


1. I’m only interested in a specific breed/purebred.

2. If the pet’s in a shelter there’s surely some sort of behavioral issue.


First, 10-15% of shelter pets are purebreds and to top that off, there are countless breed specific rescues. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is one of my favorites. My boxer brother Cappy was adopted through them about two years ago.


As for number two: Really? It’s the homeless pets fault he or she is homeless? Pets in shelters, more often than not, are there because of circumstances out of their control; the family moves, owner health issues, divorce. In short, people problems.


After a short stint of feeling helpless over the plight of homeless pets, I decided I was going to do something about it.  Armed with a pen, She-Ra swatting at it, and Jake sleeping on my feet, I began writing about our day to day, silly memories and what not.  Swiftly, those scribblings turned into Dog Treats & Jingle Toys.

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Dog Treats & Jingle Toys is a comedy web-series, which we believe will encourage pet adoption. The story follows a young woman who has recently adopted her first pet, a senior lab-mix from a shelter.  The show is not just amusing. It also introduces viewers to an adoptable pet at the end of each episode. Our mentality about the project is, if we can get one pet adopted we’ve succeeded.  As of today, the pets featured in episode one and two have both found their forever homes!

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Enjoy Our First Episode!


Our third episode airs this Tuesday! 

In addition, we’re also running  “Share Your Pet’s Adoption Story” through our website.  We believe through sharing stories of the pawsitive inspiration pets bring to our world, we can encourage pet adoption and save lives. If you’re interested in sharing your pet’s story, you can submit via our Facebook Page, the contact form on our website, or email us directly.