The Fourth of July Hangover: More Scared Dogs in Shelters

Every year we make a point of telling people to keep their dogs on leash or safe at home on the Fourth of July. That message still hasn’t sunk in for many dog owners, however. Animal shelters regularly see spikes in animals brought in on July 5 and thereafter, and this year is no different.

Take the Sacramento city animal shelter. Two hours after it opened on July 5, 23 dogs had been processed, according to the Merced-Sun Star, with “people lined up at the intake door looking for pets that they’ve lost,” said Dave Dickinson, the shelter’s director.

Last year, 69 dogs were brought in on July 5.

“The three days after the fourth -– those are some of our busiest,” he said.




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