Humane Educational Society wants to keep your pets safe this holiday weekend

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Chattanooga Hamilton County Humane Educational Society wants to make sure your four-legged friends have a safe Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Officials say more dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other time of year.

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For that reason, they warn if your dog is typically frightened by lightning and thunder storms, do not leave him or her alone if there are fireworks near your home.

Also, to keep your dog safe, do not bring him or her to firework displays.

The experts advise to help keep your dog calm, close windows, blinds, and curtains and create white noise by leaving a radio playing or a fan running.

Any outdoor pets should be sheltered in a garage or basement with a comfortable blanket and supply of fresh water.

Also, make sure all pets have an ID tag securely fastened to their collar and consider having pets microchipped for extra security.

Animal shelters are extra crowded in the days following the 4th of July due to the amount of runaways, and a microchip can be your pet’s ticket home.

If your pet is lost or missing, please visit the Humane Educational Society to see if he or she has been picked up by one of our Animal Protection Officers.