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Having been bred to hear a distant shepherd's whistle, Border Collies are hyper sensitive to sound. While other breeds may not be able to hear these sounds, inaudible to humans, Border Collies cannot ignore them and may become fearful and panicked, trying to escape, or even aggressive. This is why they run when they hear a vaccuum, hair dryer, or sneezing, thunder and gunshots. Fourth of July fireworks terrify a Border Collie.

Border Collies In Need Inc. would like to remind pet owners of the need to pay extra attention to the safety and comfort of their pets before, during and after any 4th of July celebrations. As the holiday rapidly approaches, there are a few precautions a pet owner can take to ensure that the celebration will be a happy one for both the pet and owner.

If possible, keep your pets inside. Keeping your pets indoors helps them to feel protected. The sound of a radio or TV can help mute the clamor of fireworks.
ID tags, Microchips and licenses are your pets ticket home. Nothing frightens animals more than sudden loud noises and sharp explosions of fireworks. Animals have been known to jump fences, break through windows, or break their leash in a panic to “escape” the terror. It only takes a moment to check to make sure that the information on your pet's collar is up to date and legible. If your pet's tags have fallen off, REPLACE THEM IMMEDIATELY. A new license can be obtained at your local animal shelter in your city (check our shelter listings for the one in your city). An animal ID tag can be purchased on the spot at major pet supply or you can order one from most veterinarian offices. Microchips, a permanent identification, are also available at your veterinarian's office.

Leave your pet at a boarding facility. If you will be out of town for the holiday, do not leave your pet unattended. It is well worth the expense and peace of mind to ensure that your pet will be safely waiting for you when you return.

In the event your pet does manage to escape, check your animal care center and the shelters in the surrounding areas as quickly as possible. Some kill shelters euthanize in as little as 3-4 days. Post signs in your neighborhood with a photo of your pet. Remember your pet was frightened and may have fled beyond its normal, familiar territory. Place ads in local newspapers, most will advertise at no charge.

July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters nationwide. Please don't let your beloved family member become a grim statistic.
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