Prepare your pets now for the Fourth of July

Prepare your pets now for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is just around the corner! Fireworks may cause pets to panic and escape from their enclosures or to bolt away from their owners. Even pets that have never seemed bothered by loud noises before can develop new fears.


Start planning now to keep your pets safe and secure:

  • If you think your pet might fear loud noises, call your veterinarian as soon as possible to discuss medication or other options for reducing your pet’s fear.
  • Verify that your pet’s ID tag and microchip have current and updated information, and that your dog is licensed. Double-check that their collar fits well and that any tags are securely attached.
  • Check your fence and gates. Are there loose or warped boards? Are there spots where your dog or another critter has started to tunnel near the fence? Is the gate closed and latched, and does the gate stay latched? We recommend keeping your dog on a leash for their Fourth of July potty breaks, even in your own backyard.
  • Pick a room in your home that can provide a safe space for your pet during the fireworks. Help your pet become comfortable in this space now. You want them to associate the room with good things like treats, cuddles and their favorite bedding. Consider adding soft music, talk radio or white noise to the room. This space can also become a safe refuge for your pet if they get overwhelmed by houseguests or daytime celebrations.

If you find a stray animal during the holiday or your own pet goes missing, check our website for lost and found pet resources. You can also call us at 503-846-7039 to report a lost or found animal in Washington County. Our shelter will be open on July 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for limited operations, including intake of stray dogs and reuniting people with their pets.


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The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro. If you have a question for the animal shelter, email