Lost pets increase over 4th of July weekend

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 21:40:10-04
 TULSA-- Terry Olmstead said his dog Buddy can't handle the loud popping of fireworks on the 4th of July. 
"He runs and hides and he shakes," said Olmstead. 
Tulsa Animal Welfare officials said they take in twice as many lost pets after the 4th of July, because so many animals run away from home after hearing fireworks go off.
"Shooting off fireworks create incredible anxiety in a lot of dogs and cats and it really scares them," said Tulsa Animal Welfare Manager, Jean Letcher.
They said it's best to keep pets indoors when fireworks are being set off. It's also important your animals have identification registered with the city. 
"It is important this weekend that your animal have tags, have a collar, is microchipped, has some ID's so that if they do get scared, if they do get out we can get them back home," said Letcher.
Olmstead said this year when he hears fireworks going off in his neighborhood, he's doing everything he can to keep buddy safe. 
"We talk to him, love on him and let him know that it's okay. We're not gonna let anything happen to him," said Olmstead.
Animal Welfare Center Officials said pets must be spayed, neutered and have their rabies shots before they can register their tags. 
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