More Pets Are Lost on July 4th Than Any Other Day of the Year


A Pet Amber Alert infographic highlights the alarming trend of 30% more pets becoming lost between July 4th and 6th than any other time of year. Here are 5 ways to protect your pet.

Whether the neighbor has firecrackers or your community is enjoying a big fireworks display, the noise associated with July 4th celebrations can cause your pet to become frantic and run away, trying to find a safe haven.

Animal control officials across the country report a 30% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th.  July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters.

Mark Jakubczak, Certified Pet Detective and Founder, PetAmberAlert™, is committed to increasing the chance of beloved lost pets returning home. He said, “Sadly, only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners, according to nationwide statistics. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.”

227652-INFOPetAmberAlert’s July 4th Lost Pets Infographic called “Afraid on the 4th – Keeps Pets Safe” puts a spotlight on the alarming statistics and provides tips on how pet owners can protect their pets.

Here are 5 simple tips on keeping your pets safe:

1. Stay inside: Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with your pet. If you must go out, be sure to keep your dog leashed.

2. Make them feel safe: Comfort your pets with pets as needed and stay nearby if possible. Make sure they can access their crate or “safe place.” If necessary, ask your veterinarian or local pet retailer about natural calming products, anxiety wraps and other products.

3. Avoid the noise. Keep your windows closed and your TV on to help mask the noise outside.

4. Act normal! Your pet takes cues from you and your family. Go about your normal routine as much as possible.

5. Protect your pet before the fireworks begin. There are a number of lost-pet devices and services available today. Among the various pet-finder services available, the Pet Amber Alert ID Tag/Pet GPS combines Amber Alert technology with a QR Code and GPS to help MORE lost dogs, cats and even birds return home safely.

By following these tips, hopefully fewer families will face the heartbreak of losing a pet during the July 4th holiday.

When a child is missing, an Amber Alert is issued and the surrounding area goes to work to locate the child and return them safely home to their loved ones. uses the same advanced technology to help spread the word rapidly about a lost dog, cat, or any type of pet. Founded in the early 2000’s, Pet Amber Alert is the original online lost pet-finder service. Its Certified Pet Detectives quickly dispatch lost pet alerts via phone, poster faxes, emails and social media. Today, Pet Amber Alert’s lost dog and cat posters, phone calls and 24/7 Lost Pet Hotline are instantly recognized by veterinary hospitals, police stations, shelters, pet stores and even neighbors to help facilitate a quick response. For more information, visit


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