Fireworks are beautiful but their loud booms and bangs are responsible for an increase in lost pets. In fact, there is a 30% increase in lost dogs and cats on the Fourth of July. July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, who will be packed with dogs and cats, many of whom will never find their way back to their owners.
Sadly, "only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners, according to nationwide statistics. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners," according to Mark Jakubczak, Certified Pet Detective and Founder, PetAmberAlert™
These sad statistics are sobering but something can be done about it. For example, a town in Collecchio, in the province of Parma in Italy, gathered together and made some changes. The residents said no more to the heart pounding noise that results in terrorized dogs and cats that run away, get lost, and are sometimes killed by cars.
Enough was enough so the local government introduced new legislation to require citizens to use silent fireworks as a way of respecting the animals and reducing the stress loud fireworks caused them. No longer will the pets in Collecchio suffer from firework induced anxiety, stress, heart problems, nausea, and tremors. No longer will the thundering entertainment be allowed to scare the pets nearly to death.
But no worries because residents will still enjoy fireworks in the form of silent firecrackers made by a company called, Setti Fireworks. Setti deliverers a spectacular light show without all the noise and can customize each show for nearly any venue.
We applaud the people of Collecchio and admire their love and devotion to the animals. Please share this story if you think silent fireworks should be used everywhere to help save our pets from the annual noise induced anxiety so many suffer from.