The fourth of July is an important day that is celebrated in America. As a celebration for the day of Independence, people often play loud music and lit fireworks into the sky.
The loud noises caused by fireworks often bring discomfort to dogs. Since they have a more sensitive hearing, the loud noises are like nightmares for them and some even develop noise phobia.
“A lot of times these dogs will self-mutilate. I’ve had dogs come in that have run through a plate-glass window. They think they’re going to die, and when you think you’re going to die, you do crazy things.”, said veterinarian Marty Becker when it comes to dogs having a noise phobia.
House pets are luckier since the have beds other places where they can hide to lessen the noise they are hearing. However, shelter dogs don’t have these things. They are suffering from loud noises in an open space.
One shelter in Arizona decided to do an unusual Independence tradition.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), started the “Calming the Canines” move last year.
More than 300 community members have participated in this event last year. These people showed up at the two locations of the shelter in Phoenix, Arizona.
This event’s goal is to comfort shelter dogs during the fourth of July celebration.
“It was overwhelming to see how the community responded. It really helped spread our message that MCACC is here to help.”, stated Ben Swan, who is the shelter’s development director.
According to Amy Engel, who was an attendee last year, this event is an awesome one. People sang to dogs, some read stories to them, while others just sit there and gave pats and treats to the canine babies.
The dogs loved obviously loved the attention they were receiving. What’s more awesome tho is that the dogs were focused on the hoomans with them than the noises of the fireworks outside.
After the event, some participants have developed a bond with the dogs they’ve comforted. They came back to the shelter and offered foster care services, adopting dogs, or just simply volunteering in the shelter.