Fido and Fluffy vs. Fireworks
STROUDSBURG — Most look forward to the night of Fourth of July when the sky lights up with fireworks, but that’s not the case for some.
For “Fido” the dog and “Fluffy” the cat, fireworks can cause major anxiety.
“They will get scared, they’ll either hide under beds, I’ve heard of dogs jumping out windows from the first floor, second floor even. They’re so scared of loud noises,” said Ann Bouchard, AWSOM Animal Shelter Volunteer Coordinator.
At AWSOM near Stroudsburg, caretakers understand that the loud noises made by fireworks can scare the animals that are up for adoption.
So the caretakers use some tactics to make sure their furry friends stay calm.
“Especially at night, we leave a radio going, turn fans on, things that are natural to them that will maybe overpower the sounds outside that would scare them,” said Bouchard.
Bouchard also said sometimes pets will run away. If yours could be a flight risk, you may want to make sure it has its collar on hours before the fireworks go off.
Some dog owners said they use other tactics.
Lorna O’Farrell said her Great Dane “Doodles” is not a fan of fireworks.
“She’ll moan and duck into the side of the house or she’ll go near me,” said O’Farrell of Tobyhanna.
O’Farrell said she does what she can to calm down her 160 pound pooch, but the best medicine is something all of us need every now and again.
“I just calm her down with a hug and we’ll lay down, put some music on, smooth music. It’s a lot of therapy,” said O’Farrell.
That’s not a bad idea, even if there aren’t any fireworks going off.