We all know just how sensitive dogs’ ears can be. They know when there’s somebody coming at the door even before the doorbell rings. They know when thunder and rain may be coming even if we don’t know yet. So just imagine how difficult it may be for our dogs when there are fireworks in the sky. Fireworks may be beautiful to look at but they do make really loud noises and dogs are not fans of that.
Shelter employees know how difficult this is for dogs. The dogs under their care do not have humans to cuddle them and give them comfort when there are fireworks.
One shelter had a really grand idea: help the dogs be calm even when there are celebrations going on in the night sky. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is based in Phoenix, Arizona and they are the ones behind this great idea. They created an event which they called “Calming the Canines”. During this time, volunteers can come and help keep the frightened dogs be calm.
The 4th of July celebrations will never be without fireworks so the shelter took this opportunity to launch their event. While people were flocking to open grounds to watch the fireworks, volunteers were making their way to the shelter to help dogs.
Ben Swan works as the shelter’s development manager. He said that while they did not expect much volunteers to come and help out, they were surprised to find quite a huge number of people volunteering to help out with the dogs.
The volunteers helped by sitting and staying with the frightened dogs. Some gave the animals pets and pats. Others gave them comfort. There was a number who brought books and read these aloud to the dogs. There were some who sang songs and some had treats in handy.