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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 11:03 PM

People Are Skipping Fireworks This Year To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs

Best July 4th plans ever ❤️️💙

By Sarah V Schweig

For pups sensitive to loud noises, July 4 isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Fireworks can cause our furry family members to cower under the bed or even run for the hills (many dogs go missing on July 4 for this very reason).

As for shelter dogs who don't even have homes, they can only cower alone in their cages until the firework blasts are over. But one shelter had a brilliant idea to help these homeless pups relax through the holiday.



"Calming the Canines," at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), is a new Independence Day tradition — and it's helping to prove that kindness is patriotic.

Last year, over 300 people from the community showed up at the shelter's two locations around Phoenix, Arizona.

“It was overwhelming to see how the community responded,” Ben Swan, the shelter’s development director, said in a press release. “It really helped spread our message that MCACC is here to help.”



Amy Engel, who runs the AZ Dawg Saverz Facebook page and attended Calming the Canines last year, told The Dodo that she definitely plans on attending this year, too.

"Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats!" Engel wrote about her experience last year. "It was so, so awesome because the dogs absolutely love the attention and were focused on the people and not the fireworks going on outside."



As it turned out, the event had other super positive impacts that went beyond a one-night thing.

"Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer," the MCACC wrote.



After last year's success, the shelter has put together some pointers for other shelters who could start Calm the Canines events of their own. For example, people are asked to bring blankets to sit on, or folding chairs, and to let the dog or cat approach them to sit calmly and quietly.

This year, shelter staff expect that even more meaningful connections will be made and kindness will be spread to individuals who need it — and that's truly something to celebrate.

https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/people-skip-fireworks-to-comfort-shelter-dogs-july-4

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Reply People Are Skipping Fireworks This Year To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs (Original post)
catbyte Jul 3 OP
democratisphere Jul 3 #1
MustLoveBeagles Jul 3 #2
napi21 Jul 3 #3
Bayard Jul 4 #4
pansypoo53219 Jul 4 #5
cp Jul 4 #6
RainCaster Jul 4 #7
TreasonousBastard Jul 4 #8
SCVDem Jul 4 #9
rusty quoin Jul 4 #10
Kablooie Jul 4 #11
More_Cowbell Jul 4 #12
emmaverybo Jul 4 #13

Response to catbyte (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2019, 11:26 PM

1. How sweet it is!

What a great way to spend the 4th of July. Kindness is never in short supply with these kind of folks. Love these people!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2019, 11:41 PM

2. This is a great idea

My dog doesn't like the fireworks either.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2019, 11:53 PM

3. What a terrific idea. I wishj I had heard about it sooner. wouls have tried to arrange it with

our shelters here in GA. I think they're closed tomorrow so it's too late to arrange for something else this year.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 12:07 AM

4. Wonderful!

I'd volunteer for that in a heartbeat if there was anyplace close. BUT, I have 4 big scaredy pups here of my own that velcro themselves to my legs during thunderstorms.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 12:10 AM

5. my uncle's dog barks. my cat growls at near ones.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 12:34 AM

6. Love this!

Thank you, catbyte.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 12:36 AM

7. I will be home with my terrorized dog

My 'vicious' GSD really hates that we live 3 miles from two different reservations. All she wants is to crawl under my desk, bed or couch and hide from all those scary booms.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 12:54 AM

8. Wow! Great idea! If we could get our shelters to do this, I'm in.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 12:55 AM

9. Very cool!

I have my Shi Tzu wrapped in a towel sitting on my, our bed.

He barks at the booms which is hard on the ears.

Peace!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 01:01 AM

10. That's amazing.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 01:10 AM

11. I am comforting my daughter's dog for the same reason.

Her neighborhood has almost constant fireworks.
Ours only has a few distant sounds so we keep her dog on the 4th each year.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 01:45 AM

12. Our shelter has kids with reading problems read aloud to dogs and cats

The child with the book reminded me. Kids aren't embarrassed to read aloud to dogs and cats, and of course the dogs and cats love it. It gives kids confidence and socializes shelter animals.

This is a great program, too.

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 02:56 AM

13. Oh that is so so great. NT

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