MASON CITY – As North Iowans prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence with colorful fireworks displays, the Humane Society of North Iowa reminds you to take a moment to consider the well being and welfare of the canine member of the family.
While humans tend to “ooh” and “aah” at the bright, colorful and loud explosions, it is a different story for man’s best friend. A dog’s hearing is 10 times more sensitive than a human’s; loud fireworks may cause fear, stress and anxiety in your canine pet.
The best advice to any dog owner considering taking their dog to a fireworks display is this: Don’t! The noise and flashing lights are just too stressful on a dog and he may try to flee or even become aggressive out of fear. The best bet is to leave your dog at home.
If the fireworks display can be seen or heard near your home, you should consider these steps to ensure your dog’s safety during the display:
· If your dog is outside, bring him indoors during the fireworks display. The Humane Society of North Iowa has seen many dogs with injured paws because they have clawed and dug their way over or under a fence to try to escape a fearful situation.
· If your dog is used to being crated, you should crate your dog during the fireworks display to ensure their safety even if they’re in the house. The Humane Society has seen animals that have broken through glass windows out of fear.
· Bright flashing fireworks can scare your dog; close drapes and blinds to block out flashing lights.
If your dog runs away or goes missing in Mason City, chances are likely that he will be picked up by Animal Control and will be brought out to the Mason City Stray Animal Shelter (co-located with and managed by the Humane Society of North Iowa). All stray dogs found in Mason City are brought to the shelter, as well as dogs found as strays in Cerro Gordo County.
If your dog is picked up, you will need to present proof of ownership and a current rabies vaccination in order to reclaim your dog. It will aide in the process if your dog wears an ID and rabies tag already. The Mason City Stray Animal Shelter is located at: 2750 South Birch Drive and is open Tuesday- Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (10-7 on Wednesday), and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. For more information, please contact the Mason City Stray Animal Shelter at: 641-423-3617.