July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters

Pets frightened by fireworks run away

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The 5th of July is usually a time for relaxing after the Independence Day festivities, but Kern County Animal Control has their hands full with an influx of lost animals.
More pets run away and get lost on the fourth of July than on any other day of the year.

The Kern County Animal Shelter was busy on Friday with people dropping off found animals and others looking for their lost pets.

"This can be a stressful and scary time for many of our family pets," said Jen Woodard, Director of Kern County Animal Control. "The loud noises and flashing lights associated with the holiday can cause pets a great deal of unnecessary anxiety, resulting in pets behaving differently than they typically would."

If your pet is missing, it's recommended that you check with the shelter as soon as you can. However, animal control officials said, many times frightened pets don't wonder too far from home.

"You should really walk your neighborhood and get flyers up. Often times the animals don't travel very far if they are lost during the fireworks. Because they are so scared, they want to bed down and hide," said Woodard.

If a pet is lost, Kern County Animal Control urges pet owners to come to the shelter and walk
through the kennels to look for their lost pet or they can log onto www.co.kern.ca.us/acd to view all of the
lost/stray animals at the shelter.

"Last year on July 5 we took in 255 dogs and cats so it's an incredible amount of animals coming into the shelter," said Maggie Kalar of Kern County Animal Control.

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