Experts: More pets lost on July 4th

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STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — If you notice more Lost Pet signs around your neighborhood or even on social media, it’s not a coincidence.

According to, more pets get lost on Independence Day than any other day of the year. Animal shelters get an influx of stray animals in the days following the Fourth of July. Tiffany Kalevich says it’s primarily due to fireworks.

“Some dogs, if they’re scared enough they’re going to jump over a fence, they’re going to run away,” Kalevich, the lead kennel tech at Camp Papillion Animal Shelter said. “People love fireworks, but for dogs — there’s some going off right now — they’re absolute nightmares. Their hearing is so sensitive that it just totally triggers most dogs. They’re very sensitive to the noise. Its a lot louder to them than it is to us.”

Kalevich says if owners aren’t careful, dogs will often take off running to try and escape the sound, something the shelter sees a lot of after the holiday.

“The number of strays that come through the doors does increase and luckily some of them are micro-chipped so we can get them home so that’s a very important thing to do,” Kalevich said.

She says roughly nine times out 10, the shelter reunites lost dogs with their owners, but it helps if owners are prepared. You can have your pet micro-chipped at your local vet’s office. And make sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date ID tag on their collar at all times. If a nervous fur-baby runs away, Kalevich says a good place to start is Facebook and then contact your local animal shelters.

“You would say my dog ran away this is what they have and if we didn’t get your dog in, if it does end up coming in than we can contact you if we have your info,” Kalevich said.

And since the occasional fireworks may continue through Labor Day, Kalevich says owners can keep their pets inside while fireworks are going off and use ambient noise to calm them down.

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