While most areas of King County have now prohibited consumer fireworks, there will probably still be a few booms and bangs over the Independence Day weekend. Many humans enjoy the holiday celebrations, but the Fourth of July can be scary for our pets. The loud noises are hard on their sensitive hearing, and even the calmest pet can get spooked.

To help your pet cope with the noise from fireworks, and reduce the chance that it runs away, Regional Animal Services of King County offers these tips:

  • Keep your pet secured indoors in the quietest room of your home while fireworks are going off. You can also use soothing music or television as a distraction. Some pets will stay calmer when placed in a secure crate in a darkened, quiet room.
  • If your pet is normally kept outside, bring them inside or put them in a well-ventilated garage or shed or in a basement during fireworks displays.
  • Make sure your pet is licensed and has an ID tag or microchip. Pets with ID have a much greater chance of being returned to their owners.
  • Don’t assume that your pet won’t react just because you haven’t had problems in the past. Sometimes, pets become sensitive to loud noises later in life.
  • If your pet is lost, check in person at all local shelters, and check back often. It may take some time before spooked pets are brought to shelters.

Help for Owners with Missing Pets

If your pet does manage to escape, RASKC is ready to help.

Animal services staff and volunteers at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent can help owners search the stray pet kennels, file a missing pet report, and more.

Owners of missing pets can also call the RASKC stray hotline at 206-296-3936 to hear a list of the pets picked up by animal control officers each day.

If your pet has run away, check out our Lost Pets page for help. If you’ve found a stray pet, visit our Found Pets page to help them get back to their family.