Americans are skipping Independence Day fireworks to comfort scared shelter dogs
While plenty of Americans around the world will be lining the streets for parades, barbecues, and general merriment, there are some Americans who are skipping the Independence day fireworks to take care of those who don't quite understand what's going on.
While the fireworks and festivities are all fun and games for us, for dogs, it can be an extremely scary time. A group of Good Samaritans out in Phoenix, Arizona, are dedicating their 4th of July celebrations to making sure shelter dogs are comforted.
It's the second year of Calming The Canines' existence; and after a turnout of around 300 people at their two shelters last year, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) are hoping for an even bigger crowd this time around.
"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." Meanwhile, the MCACC wrote: "Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer."
Speaking to The Dodo, Amy Engel - who attended last year - said that she definitely planned on comforting again the dogs again this year. Engel (who runs the AZ Dawg Saverz Facebook page) also recounted her experience from last year. "Ever thought about bringing your dog to crowded places? even worse, crowded places with fireworks?" she said in her post.
"Tonight was the first year Maricopa County animal Shelter presented "Comfort the Canines" ...approx. 200 people came to help the pooches. Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats! [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."
In addition to this, the MCACC is also giving out pointers on how to run a similar Calm the Canines event on your own: for example, bring your own blanket to sit on, and allow frightened animals to come to you, sitting quietly and calmly.
This Fourth of July, celebrations are sure to be on the cards, but using the day to take care of others less fortunate than you is one incredible way to make the most of the holiday.