Coulee Region Humane Society officials say do not keep your pets around fireworks

The loud sounds of the fireworks can startle and scare them easily if they're out in the open

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – If you’re thinking about lighting your own fireworks or going to any fireworks shows this weekend, do not bring your pets with you.

Coulee Region Humane Society officials say you should keep any pets you have inside your home in a quiet room if possible.

If you have any outdoor pets, you should put them in the garage.

Most pets, particularly cats and dogs, have much better hearing compared to humans.

So the loud sounds of the fireworks can startle and scare them easily if they’re out in the open.

“If you do leave your pets outside, that’s probably one of our busiest nights for animals running at large,” animal control supervisor Kathy Kasakaitis said. “And we have a very hard time catching the dogs because they’re so scared and the noise doesn’t stop.”

Kasakatis says wildlife can also get distracted from the fireworks, and can even abandon their babies or their nests.