RIDGECREST, Calif. — We are almost two weeks away from the Fourth of July and the Ridgecrest Police Department is reminding you to not forget about your furry friends.
The Purina website explains there are several reasons dogs are scared of fireworks and it's not just that they are loud.
"You expect fireworks on holidays like the Fourth of July, but for your dog, it’s just another day. Those firecrackers come without warning. The loud noises and flashing lights sound and look different each time. Plus, they come at different intervals, so dogs can’t get used to them. The noise and unpredictability of fireworks leads many dogs to perceive them as a threat. This triggers their fight-or-flight response. [And] fireworks are inescapable on holidays like Independence Day. So if the noises trigger your dog’s flight response, he will try to run from the threat. Unfortunately, there’s often nowhere to go, as you can still hear those loud booms indoors."
Ridgecrest Animal Control is hosting microchip and name tag clinics this month. While many people enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks it can scare and cause issues for your pets. As a result, they can get out and run away from home.
So the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter is hosting clinics starting Tuesday and lasting through June 22nd and then from June 25th until July 3rd. Microchips are $12 and name tags are $4. It's happening at the shelter on San Bernardino Boulevard in Ridgecrest