Emergency dog foster homes needed ahead of 4th of July surge in strays

There are two things you can always count on during the traditional Fourth of July fireworks: Car alarms will go off and more than a few dogs will escape their yards and flee in terror.

More pets go missing over the July 4 weekend than any other time of the year, according to Knox County’s Young-Williams Animal Center, which annually faces an influx of hundreds of pets after the holiday.

Why? Pets often flee after being scared by fireworks, run from an unfamiliar location during a family event, or ditch their owner after coming into contact with crowds.

“When they’re scared and they’re desperate, they definitely escape artists,” said shelter CEO Janet Testerman. “Owners need to be cognizant of that. There’s also a high likelihood of them being hit by cars.”

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