FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Many pets will run for cover and become lost, causing local shelters to prepare for a holiday surge.
It's considered one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pets. As fireworks sound off this Independence Day, shelters are bracing for an influx of animals.
"It is the 4th of July a lot of loud noises going on they're just scared they're trying to find some place to hide," said Victoria Aguilar, CCSPCA Adoptions Agent.
Aguilar says July 5th is the busiest day of the year with lost pets turning up and people hoping to reclaim them. "We're constantly taking in animals everyday about 70-100 animals per day the number does climb this weekend. "
Over the three day weekend, they are expecting anywhere from 120 to 150 pets per night. Whether you're going out or staying in, make sure your animals are wearing collars with owner contact information.
Because this is the busiest time of year for the CCSPCA animal control officials suggest sedating your animal or keeping them in doors. Experts say if you're worried about sedating them, try distracting them and when keeping them inside. Be sure to keep windows, curtains and blinds closed.
Should your four legged friend take off during the 4th of July festivities, the CCSPCA will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 5th.
"If we do have a lost animal, we have a 5 day hold on them so it does give the owner the opportunity to reunite with their animal," said Aguilar.
Though some owners may think their pets will remain calm, experts say it's always best to be prepared. The SPCA of Central California is holding a microchip madness event through July 10th where you can get your animal microchiped for $5.
Fees to reclaim pets who end up at the SPCA will be reduced through July 10th -- $12 for animals that are spayed or neutered and $50 for animals that are not. There are no fees if the dog is from the county.