AKES. FOURTH OF JULY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND WHILE IT MAY BE A SUMMER CELEBRATION FOR US – IT’S MORE OF A WAR ZONE FOR OUR PETS. THE NOW KC’S MCKENZIE NELSON BREAKS DOWN HOW WE SHOULD PROTECT OUR PETS THIS HOLIDAY. FIREWORKS WILL SOON BE FIRED OFF AND OUR PETS WILL BE DESPERATE TO FLEE. IT’S THE BANGS, POPS AND COLORS – TRAUMATIZING MOST ANIMALS. :43 “It’s loud and dogs don’t like loud noises.” NOW THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER KANSAS CITY IS PREPPING FOR ONE OF THEIR BUSIEST TIMES OF THE YEAR. :27 “We brace ourselves for 4th of July, it’s an awesome time and we’re very patriotic but we worry about the animals.” STANDUP: 34:28 MORE PETS ARE LOST ON THE 4TH OF JULY MORE THAN ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR AND YOU DON’T WANT TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY SEARCHING FOR YOUR FOUR LEGGED FRIEND. :35 “The following days, the 5th, the 6th, the 7th, people have picked up dogs who have broken away, who have run away because they’re scared.” FIELDS SAYS DOGS WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET AWAY – SOMETIMES EVEN INJURING THEMSELVES. 1:10 “We’ve seen dogs that have been inside and break through windows to get out.” THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE YOUR PETS SAFETY THIS HOLIDAY IS TO BRING THEM INSIDE. 1:39 “4th of July, the 3rd, the 4th, the 5th, bring your dogs in, it just makes sense, and they don’t want to be outside around all of that.” BECAUSE OF THEIR HEIGHTENED SENSE OF HEARING – IT’S THE NOISES CAUSING THE MOST ANXIETY. THUNDER SHIRTS AND SEDATIVES CAN BE USED TO HELP BUT FIELDS SUGGESTS DOING SOMETHING SIMPLE TO HELP DROWN OUT THE SOUNDS. 1:52 “A fan running, a TV running, music running, something that they’re used to.” ONE DOG OWNER SAYS HIS FIRST 4TH OF JULY WITH IS FURRY FRIEND WAS ONE TO LEARN FROM. 23:56 “He could not get in the house fast enough, I mean there was no stopping or just dead tracks, it was like I’m getting back in the house immediately.” NOW HIS DOG SITS CALMLY AND COMFORTABLY INSIDE DURING FIREWORK DISPLAYS – WITH BREAKS IN BETWEEN. 24:24 “Do bathroom breaks with a leash when you let them out whether you have a fenced in or not because like I said when they get scared they’ll run and they’ll run and it’s kind of hard to find them sometimes.” ALSO BE SURE YOUR PET HAS A NAME TAG ON ITS COLLAR WITH A PHONE NUMBER-THAT WAY WHOEVER FINDS YOUR PET CAN REUNITE THEM WITH YOU RIGHT AWAY. IN KCK, I’M MCKENZIE NELSON, THE NOW KC. THE HUMANE SOCIETY GREATER KANSAS CITY SAYS MICROCHIPPING YOUR DOG IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO— THAT WAY IF THEY DO ESCAPE, THEY CAN BE REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES. YOU CAN GET THAT DONE AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR $25- BUCKS. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO CELEBRATE THE FOURTH — OR EVEN TO FIND OUT IF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL IN YOUR CITY — KSHB DOT COM HAS YOU COVERED.. WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF EVENTS.. LISTED FOR YOU THERE RIGHT NOW.