Animal welfare sees influx of runaway pets during July 4 weekend

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OKLAHOMA -- We humans love our fireworks, but our fury friends... not so much.

"All it takes is one big boom of a big firecracker for that dog to jump over a fence, or even jump through a window, if he's not used to that," says Julie Bank, with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.

Nationally, July 4th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, according to the American Humane Association. Oklahoma City Animal Welfare is no exception.

Bank says they have seen a larger than normal flow of pets, many of which have no identification.

"This is very avoidable. The most important thing you can do is make sure your animal has identification at all times," Bank says.

To make it easier for owners to be reunited with lost pets, the OKC Animal Shelter posts pictures on its website in real time of every animal brought in.

Bank says in addition to searching online, owners looking for precious pets should be diligent.

"Between the website, coming into the facility, and also doing things like looking at some other sites on the internet, also posting signs within a two mile radius of where your animal gets lost, it's important to do all of these things combined," Bank says.

Sadly, only 14 percent of lost pets are returned their owners, according to nationwide statistics. Worse, 30-60 percent are euthanized because they have no identification.

If you are looking for a lost pet, you can go online to search pictures of pets in OKC Animal Welfare's facilities.


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