People Are Skipping Fireworks This Year To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs
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.
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.”
“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.”
“Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer,” the MCACC
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. You can encourage your local shelter to start a program like this by sharing this story.