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Florida Inmates Calmed Shelter Dogs Freaked Out By Fireworks Display

If you’re sick of fireworks, imagine how the dogs must feel! Especially over in New York City, where I live, we’ve been dealing with random fireworks going off for a month now. One of my two rescue dogs has literally taken to sleeping in the closet, he’s so scared of the sound. Lots of dogs hate fireworks and need extra love and comfort during all the boom booms—but what about shelter dogs who can’t easily access snuggles while the fireworks are going off?

Luckily, this year, inmates from the Brevard County Jail spent time soothing dogs at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Center during peak celebrating hours.

To help ease the dogs’ anxiety, the inmates played, read to, and fed the dogs.

“Our goal is to not only help calm the dogs but also to help build and instill a sense of purpose and compassion in the inmates that will hopefully aid them as they transition back into society once they have served their time,” the Sheriff’s Office announced.

Originally, the idea for inmates to help soothe homeless animals started as a suggestion by citizens. According to the sheriff’s office, this is the second year in a row inmates have spent the holiday comforting dogs.

“I want to personally thank everyone at our Animal Care Center, our Work Crew Supervisors and of course the inmates for dedicating their time to help our furry citizens rest peacefully this 4th of July and of course our citizens for all they do to help keep our community a great place to call home,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey on Facebook.

If you’ve been living in a city where fireworks have been going off all day and night for the past month, maybe you can relate to the stress many dogs experience. The loud noise, coupled with bright flashes, can confuse and scare dogs. They get stressed out and their heart rates and respiration increase. Dogs also hear at higher frequencies than we do, so that makes prolonged noises actually physically painful for them. Hopefully, with the inmates at their side, the dogs had a less traumatic experience this year.

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi