July 4th isn’t all it’s made up to be for dogs that are sensitive to loud noises.
Our furry family members may hide beneath the bed or flee the scene if fireworks are let off (many dogs go missing on July 4 for this very reason).
Shelter dogs, who don’t even have homes, can do nothing except hide in their kennels until the fireworks stop. However, one shelter came up with a fantastic way to assist these homeless dogs unwind over the holidays.
“Calming the Canines” is a new Independence Day tradition at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), and it’s helping to illustrate that compassion is patriotic.
Over 300 individuals from the community visited the shelter’s two facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, last year.
In a news statement, Ben Swan, the shelter’s development director, remarked, “It was overwhelming to see how the community responded.” “It truly helped us get the word out that MCACC is available to assist.”
Amy Engel, who administers the AZ Dawg Saverz Facebook group and attended last year’s Calming the Canines, told The Dodo that she hopes to participate again this year.
“Some folks sang to them, some read to them, while others simply sat and offered them food!” Last year, Engel wrote about her experience. “It was incredible because the dogs adored the attention and were completely focused on the people rather than the explosions outside.”
As it turned out, the event had far-reaching benefits that stretched beyond a single night.
The MCACC noted, “Many participants built long-term ties with the shelter, returning to offer foster care, adopt a pet, or volunteer.”
Following last year’s success, the shelter has put up some guidelines for other shelters interested in hosting their own Calm the Canines programs. People are urged to bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on, and to let the dog or cat to approach them and settle gently and silently.
This year, shelter staff anticipates even more genuine relationships and kindness being shared to those in need, which is definitely something to rejoice about.