Animal shelters house stray pets after Fourth of July


Fireworks lit up the sky all over the Portland metro area Tuesday night for Independence Day celebrations and while fun for people, they caused stress for some pets.

Furry friends shaken by the loud noises go missing during the holiday annually and that makes July 5 one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters.

The Bonnie L. Hayes Animal Shelter in Hillsboro was no exception. Several lost dogs likely scared by fireworks were at the shelter Wednesday morning.

In two days, the shelter took in 17 stray dogs, many of whom were reported to police and brought in.

Luckily, many of the pups were able to leave with their tails wagging, reunited with their owners after a short stay. By noon Wednesday, 13 of the dogs had gone home.

"Really touching reunions when people saw their dogs again, and hugging them and the animals are excited and so it brings a lot of meaning to what we do here," said Jen Keene, who was working on site at Bonnie L. Hayes.

FOX 12 was there when two dogs, Stella and Luna, were picked by their family.

These pups got scared by fireworks & ended up on an adventure! Luna & Stella are happy to be back with family ??— Kandra Kent (@KandraKPTV) July 5, 2017

With the hope that the remaining dogs will be claimed, the shelter was offering extended Wednesday hours.

So far, Bonnie L. Hayes hasn’t taken in any lost cats, but some are expected to come in over the next few days.

Anyone who has a pet that is missing should call their county’s animal shelters and any others in the area.

Some animal shelters, like Multnomah County Animal Services, are waiving boarding and impound fees for pets that ran away during holiday celebrations but for MCAS those waived fees only last until Saturday.

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