The Humane Society of the United States is reminding Americans that our beloved pets can become distressed by the additional noise and commotion involved with the Independence Day holiday.
In fact, the Humane Society says animal shelters across the country are accustomed to receiving "July 4th" dogs—dogs who run off during fireworks celebrations and are rescued by animal control officers or good Samaritans who take them to the safety of a local shelter.
"Pets are family members, and it's understandable that people want to include them in their holiday plans," said Adam Goldfarb, director of the Pets at Risk program for The HSUS in a statement. "However, most pets will be more comfortable staying at home. Spare our furry friends the stress of fireworks, crowds and fanfare on the Fourth of July, and for everyone, we wish you a safe and fun Independence Day."