Coulee Region Humane Society sees increase in calls about runaways over holiday weekend

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – One in five pets go missing after being scared by loud noises according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, the Coulee Region Humane Society saw an increase in calls about runaway pets.

The organization says one dog even jumped out of the back of a pickup truck because of the fireworks.

Loud, unexpected sounds disorientate pets, and when they run off they may not be able to find their way back.

“They can hear so many higher-pitched noises and sounds that are much louder to them. If we hear a firework go off and we’re jumping, it’s ten times worse for them,” said Kathy Kasakaitas, Animal Control Supervisor at Coulee Region Humane Society.

It’s important to prepare your pets for fireworks, but also other loud sounds, like thunderstorms.

Things you can do to make them feel comfortable is bringing them indoors, closing windows and drapes, and playing music to distract them from the sounds outside.

Some pets also do well with a weighted blanket or a thunder shirt.

If you lose your pet call your local humane society, they may be able to help you find it.