Don’t let your pet run away this Fourth of July


GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Families are preparing for cook outs and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, but the Greenville County Animal Care wants to make sure those fireworks do not lead to families loosing their pets.

“We actually had 47 animals come in yesterday, so we are full,” Greenville County Animal Care’s Paula Church said. “We need to keep animals out of the shelter in order to keep them all safe.”

Church said the shelter usually sees more pets come through their doors during the summer. She also said they see an increase the day after the Fourth of July.

The scare factor of fireworks can cause pets to run off.

“Dogs that wouldn’t ordinarily run out might be very frightened. They can go under fences or over fences. That’s why we think indoors is probably a better situation,” Church said. 

If your dog stays outside, it’s best to have them micro chipped. At the very least, dogs should wear a collar with identification in case it does run away.

Church said their shelter has nearly 200 dogs.

“If you’re thinking about getting a dog, now is a great time to come in and adopt. We also have a lot of animals that can be fostered,” Church said. 

Click here for information on adoption and fostering.

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