4th of July fireworks spark spike in lost pets at some shelters in Inland Empire – San Bernardino Sun

Some Inland Empire animal shelters had a busy day on Tuesday, July 5, as they dealt with a spike in escaped pets after being spooked by booming fireworks.

A day after the Fourth of July celebrations ended, some shelters saw an increase in lost pets, while others saw average numbers.

Animal Friends of the Valley in Wildomar took in 92 cats and dogs over the long weekend and returned about 16 to their owners, said Animal Friends spokeswoman Tammy La Barbera.

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On Tuesday morning, the nonprofit shelter serving Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Menifee, Murrieta and Temecula saw a long line of owners looking for missing pets, La Barbera said.

Loud fireworks often frighten animals and cause them to run away, get lost or become stressed, according to the Human societya non-profit group that fights against animal abuse.

In San Bernardino County, dozens of stray dogs landed in shelters.

A total of 36 cats and 36 dogs were accepted into the county’s animal shelters in Devore and Big Bear Lake between Friday, July 1, and Tuesday at 2 p.m., according to county spokesman David Wert.

During the same period last year, both shelters accepted 26 cats and 19 dogs.

In Moreno Valley, the shelter received just a few more dogs in the week leading up to the long weekend than last year’s seizures in that period, city spokesman Matthew Bramlett said.

He added that it was an average Tuesday for the shelter.

While some shelters saw increasing numbers, others did not.

John Welsh, a spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services, said the seizures “weren’t as crazy as they used to be.”

Welsh believes pet microchipping and neighborhood apps have helped concerned owners find runaway pets spooked by fireworks.

Residents use apps like Next to to post news about your community and your pet directory It allows people to register their pets, post photos of them, and include contact information for the owner. The app could make it easier for owners to find their missing pets before they take them to a shelter.

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Residents also use Facebook to post lost and found dogs. In a group, Lost and Found Pets – Hemet and San Jacintopeople posted about a series of dogs taking off due to fireworks.

At the Riverside County Animal Services Department, workers receive an average of 80 pets on a typical day. They saw 95 on Friday, July 1; 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 2; and 30 on Sunday, July 3.

In Corona, 15 dogs and nine cats were taken in by city animal shelter staff over the weekend, which is normal compared to previous years, city spokeswoman Cindy Solis said. Eight dogs were reunited with their owners, but it is unknown if the pets were lost before the long weekend, Solis said.