Every year area animal shelters like Scraps, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, see more lost cats and dogs get picked up during the Fourth of July holiday weekend than any other time throughout the year. Animals are usually scared by fireworks, firecrackers and other fourth of July celebratory actions that typically don't harm humans, but upset the delicate auditory senses of dogs and cats. Scraps recommends if you have a scaredy cat or dog, your best bet is to put the pet in a safe place inside your home, even if they typically aren't allowed inside. Leaving them outside isn't a good idea because sometimes pets get so scared by the noises, they'll break out of the yard, even if you think it's completely secure.
On a typical day, Scraps may pick up three lost dogs in a few hours. During July 4, 2013, Scraps picked up over ten lost dogs. Another recommendation they tell many owners: microchip your pet. If they get lost, you'll be able to find them. If Scraps finds them first, they can locate you, the owner and everyone will be happily reunited. Unfortunately, some dogs never get picked up by their owners. After three days at Scraps, unclaimed pets will be put up for adoption.