Cape Girardeau animal shelter busy due to fireworks

Cape Girardeau animal shelter busy due to fireworks

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate.

But for pets, it's a different story.

The Southeast Missouri Humane Society is quite busy today because of pets that have gone missing over the past few days.

In fact, it's the busiest day of the year for this shelter due to the increased calls and drop offs of missing pets - scared away from fireworks.

Charlotte Craig, SEMO Humane Society Board Director and volunteer, says two dogs were dropped off overnight that she believes were missing dogs scared away by fireworks.

"It's unfortunate for these animals out there lost and scared," Craig says. "These pets are also a member of families out there and those families are worried sick."

Craig says they have a website called SEMO Lost Pets on Facebook that they frequently check and tell people to post their missing pets on there as well.

There have been many added in just the past few days.

In the meantime, the Humane Society is taking down information of people that call about their lost pet and keeping it on file, in case that pet were to arrive or be located and posted online.

Craig hopes that people will be more informed next year during shooting fireworks and keep their pets indoors so they don't run away.

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