Volunteers Comforted Scared Shelter Animals During Fireworks

Posted by Christy Caplan
Residents Comfort Shelter Dogs
facebook/Amy Engle

We all love fireworks! Yet July 4th is one of the most difficult holidays for our pets and wild animals as fireworks cause a lot of stress. Our three hounds all need sedatives. The Beagle shakes and the others bark the whole evening. It's a nightmare.

Residents in Arizona get the award for doing the best deed I've seen in a super long time. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's public information officer Jose Santiago put out a special request for volunteers to visit the two local shelters. 

Over 100 volunteers showed up at two county shelters to spend time with the animals there during fireworks. The goal was to make sure the animals had some company that evening!

This Facebook post says it all.

"Ever thought about bringing your dog to crowded places? even worse, crowded places with fireworks? I promise you dogs don't like it. Tonight was the first year Maricopa County Animal Shelter presented "Comfort the Canines" ...approx. 200 people came to help the pooches. Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats! it was so so awesome because the dogs absolutely love the attention and were focused on the people and not the fireworks going on outside.compassionate people." 

My fave line is, "some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats!" and honestly is there a better example of compassion?

Posted by Amy Engel on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Dodo interviewed the shelter and they reinforced how stressful the environment is on a normal day (can you imagine adding in fireworks?).

"Shelters can be a very stressful place for animals," Santiago told The Dodo. "When you add the loud noises of exploding fireworks, that makes them even more anxious. We asked ourselves, 'What can we do to make this night as calm for them as possible?'"

Many of the animals felt so comfortable they simply fell asleep at the edge of their kennel. Thank you to all that volunteered that day and we hope this becomes a tradition at this shelter and many others across the country.

These guys are our heroes, please leave a comment below. 

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