Both young puppies and older dogs, no matter what breed, are sensitive to extremely loud noises. Not only it can affect their hearing but may also cause extreme fear. And 4th of July is just of the many occasions where canines are directly affected.
Fireworks have always been a part of any celebration. But while humans enjoy them, these colorful firecrackers cause our furry babies to get horrified. They hide under the sheets or beneath the bed. Worse, they run in panic. And many puppies and dogs get lost every July 4.
Lucky are those pups who have families to comfort them. But how about shelter dogs? All they can do is cower alone inside their kennels and cages, waiting for the blasts to be over.
Thankfully, one shelter came up with a wonderful idea to help the pups in their care during such holidays and other festivities. MCACC (Maricopa County Animal Care and Control) initiated “Calming the Canines” program. It’s a new tradition during Independence Day and is helping demonstrate that kindness and compassion are patriotic.
During the celebration last year, more than 300 individuals came to the two locations of the shelter in Phoenix, Arizona. “It was overwhelming to see how the community responded,” said MCACC Development Director Ben Swan. The event helped spread the message about MCACC being always willing and ready to help.
There are people who sang to the dogs and others read books to them, shared Amy Engel, administrator of the Facebook page AZ Dawg Saverz and attendee of the event last year. Because the focus of the dogs was on the individuals right in front of them and not on the fireworks, they were more relaxed and at ease.
Calming the Canines did more than just comfort the shelter dogs for a night. Because of this, participants have developed relationships with them and the entire shelter. Some returned to be foster parents, others ended up adopting a dog, and the rest offered volunteer works.
MCACC is more than willing to help other animal shelters that wish to hold their own Calming the Canines program. Hopefully, more people decide to celebrate 4th of July by freeing shelter dogs from their cages and taking them home, forever.
Credits to MCACC