The Jacksonville Humane Society Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe over the 4th of July Weekend

Animals may run away when they hear loud noises and fireworks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 1, 2010) – The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is urging people to keep their pets safe as they celebrate Independence Day. Fireworks and other loud noises can be dangerous for furry family members on the 4th of July.

“Many pets go missing over the holiday weekend,” said Danya Parks-Freel, operations director at JHS. “Otherwise well-behaved animals can become frightened by the noise and excitement of 4th of July celebrations, causing them to run away from their owners or their homes.”

Parks-Freel says a few simple steps can help keep your pet safe on Independence Day.

  • Provide your pet with a quiet and safe place during holiday festivities.
  • Do not take your pet to fireworks displays. Because pets are often scared of loud noises, it is best not to bring them to Independence Day events.
  • Do not leave pets outside and unattended. Startled animals can jump fences and get lost or injured trying to seek refuge from loud noises.
  • Ensure your pets always wear identification. If your pet goes missing, people can easily find your name and phone number on your animal’s tag and microchip.

“If you find a dog or cat, you should take the pet to the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS),” said Parks-Freel. “ACPS serves as a central clearinghouse for all missing and stray animals in the River City. If your pet goes missing, file a report with ACPS by calling 904.255.PETS and visit our Web site at for more lost-pet resources.”

About the Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society, founded in 1885, serves more than 4,000 animals each year. JHS is a non-profit, no-kill center for animal welfare and education that serves as a resource for all companion-animal related issues. The organization is dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for animals by matching people with the pet that is right for them.

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Media contact:

Michelle Gilliam
Jacksonville Humane Society
904-725-8766 x243 (office)
904-859-8606 (cell)
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