Instead of Going Out This 4th of July, These People Comforted Scared Shelter Animals During Fireworks

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In 2018, the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control started off a program called “Calming Companions.” The organization invited people to spend some time with dogs and cats in the shelters. The Fourth of July is the day when we celebrate, and celebrations are always loud. So, the shelters needed people to calm their animals.

Believe it or not, over 200 people accepted the invitation and arrived at the shelters. Volunteers brought chairs and blankets and entertained animals. They read, played music and talked to all the dogs and cats. The staff had enough food, toys and games for every animal and visitor, and it was a great experience for everyone.

Amy Engel is one of the volunteers. She explains that dogs don’t like crowded places, and fireworks is the last thing they need. Amy provided details about the program, noting that visitors had a lot of fun at the shelters, and animals had a lot of fun, too.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is used to the chaos brought by Fourth of July celebrations. Dogs are scared and often run away. We all know what that means. All the noise and fireworks cause panic, and animals may end up hurt.

Public information officer for the Control, Jose Santiago, said they really expected a busy day. People leave their pets outside, and the poor animals dig under fences or even jump over. The explosions are really loud!

Fireworks are fun for you, but animals don’t like that. Keep this in mind next time you order such service.

Hopefully, volunteers will do the same thing this year. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control needs help, and they are willing to accept every help on the way. Animals need love, too.