4th of July proves a challenging time of year for a lot of animal owners, and I’m sure you can relate. Fireworks may be beautiful, but they’re quite upsetting for a lot of animals, and dogs are no exception.
One of my dogs Lola, in particular, is very bothered by the loud noises associated with fireworks, and she pretty much leaps into my arms and glues herself to my side all day. Sadly, dogs in a shelter aren’t so lucky.
They can’t be comforted in their own home, so these amazing people came to them and spent their 4th of July in this shelter so they could help comfort dogs scared of fireworks.
The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (also known as MCACC) in Pheonix, Arizona, started a new program recently called “Calming the Canines.” Last July, they had over 300 volunteers come to both of their shelters in Phoenix to help calm their dogs during the 4th of July festivities.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control; pictured above volunteers comfort dogs at the MCACC this past 4th of July
This 4th of July, 301 people showed up to their shelter in Mesa alone, and every single dog had someone to sit with them during the evening.
“It was overwhelming to see how the community responded,” Ben Swan, the development director of MCACC, spoke about the volunteer turnout in a press release.
“It really helped spread our message that MCACC is here to help.”
It’s truly amazing that there were so many people who decided to give up their 4th of July plans to help dogs in need. Volunteers read to the dogs, sang them songs, or just talked to them and gave them snacks.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control; pictured above you can see how packed one of the shelters was with volunteers two days ago!
Apparently, there have also been several dogs adopted through the Calming the Canines event. “Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer,” the MCACC wrote on Facebook.
It would be truly wonderful if everyone would get together and do this at their local animal shelters across the nation!
If you’re interested in adopting a dog for yourself, the MCACC currently is at max capacity and running a 4th of July weekend adoption special where all dogs can be adopted for just $22. Head on over to their Facebook page to check out their adoptable dogs!
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