Shelters across the US are reportedly overpacked with animals who fled during Fourth Of July fireworks - while others arrived at their death.
Not an uncommon phenomenon, Bradshaw Animal Shelter in Sacramento California reports a 'dramatic influx' of domestic animals around the holiday.
Similarly, Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Texas makes special preparations each year in anticipation of the intake spike.
Misty Valenta, of the Texas-based shelter, offered an explanation for the trend.
She said: "Mostly dogs run out of fear of fireworks, or a family is having a celebration.
"There are people walking in and out of the house or in and out of a gate, and they slip out - all accidental things, but things that can be avoided if we take precautions."
The animals are reportedly being scared by both small and large firework displays.
Beck Curtis - who had to retrieve her companion animal from a shelter July 5 - said: "This was the worst year ever for illegal fireworks.
"They've been rattling the windows and setting off car alarms all week."
Conversely, the Canadian town of Banff opted for what was described as 'pyrotechnics show' or 'quiet fireworks' on Canada Day - which lands on July 1.
Because of this, animal rights organization PETA awarded the skiing hotspot a ‘Compassionate Town Award’ announced this week.
Regarding the move, the organization's president, Ingrid Newkirk said: "PETA is calling on cities around the world to follow Banff’s lead and switch to breathtaking quieter pyrotechnics displays that offer all the flash without the bang of traditional fireworks."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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