Pets reunited with owners following July 4th festivities

Lucky was reunited with his owner after he escaped from his kennel and hopped the fence due to fireworks (Paul Shelton / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While you were out enjoying the fireworks on the Fourth, your pet may not have been. The Austin Animal Center is reminding people to keep their dogs inside as the fireworks continue to go off this weekend.

Officials say it is not uncommon for fireworks to spook dogs and cats, causing them to jump fences. Any pet picked up in the City of Austin will be taken to the Austin Animal Center.

Every Fourth of July, the Austin Animal Center sees a spike in the number of lost pets due to runaways that are frightened by the noise of fireworks.

We talked to one man who found his buddy there today.

“He has a nervous attitude where he gets scared of gunfire, fireworks, anything that’s loud,” Danny Monroy said. “So I guess he got nervous with the fireworks, dug, and jumped the fence.”

If you’re looking for a four-legged friend this holiday weekend, the AAC has a summer promotion of $25 adoptions for all pets.

City shelter pet adoptions are available at both the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, and the City’s overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. The centers are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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