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This Animal Shelter Lets People Volunteer To Comfort Dogs Spooked By Fourth Of July Fireworks

Independence Day is a great holiday if you love beer, burgers, and barbecues—that is, if you’re a human. If you’re a dog, the loud Fourth of July fireworks can be downright scary. Dogs have excellent hearing and are more sensitive to vibrations than humans, so what sounds like soft booming in the distance to you sounds like a war zone to them. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Center (MCACC) in Arizona came up with a plan to comfort the dogs they care for, and they turned it into a party.

On July 4th, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control holds a “Calm The Canines” event allowing volunteers to come keep dogs company so they don’t get too freaked out by booming fireworks.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

“Fireworks are heard at a much louder decibel by our four-legged friends,” MCACC wrote on their Facebook page, “so we are doing what we can to keep them calm and quiet.” MCACC invites volunteers to “Come out and read…sing music (softly) or simply just sit with the dogs to keep them feeling safe and calm.”

Last year, over 100 dog lovers turned out to calm shelter pups so they won’t get skittish with Fourth of July fireworks blasting overhead.


“Shelters can be a very stressful place for animals,” Public Information Jose Santiago told The Dodo. “When you add the loud noises of exploding fireworks, that makes them even more anxious. We asked ourselves, ‘What can we do to make this night as calm for them as possible?’”

Parents even bring their children to practice reading to the little doggos and distract these very good boys and girls from the commotion.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

And some puppers get a soothing serenade to distract them.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

People seem to enjoy it—the center says it’s their most popular event of the year—but the dogs love it even more.


“We could see as people talked to the dogs and stroked their fur, their eyes were getting heavier and heavier,” Santiago told The Dodo. “Many would lay down right at their kennels’ edge and fall asleep.”

This is MCACC’s third “Calm The Canines” event, they previously held one last Fourth of July and again on New Year’s Eve. Tonight’s event is scheduled for a little before 8pm local time and will be held at MCACC centers in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona.

h/t: The Dodo

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