Influx of pets missing after holiday weekend

Puppy inside HSPPR
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) More pets run away during Independence Day weekend than any other weekend of the year.

Since Saturday, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) has taken in 175 pets in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. That's up from 119 in 2015.

HSPPR says the first thing you can do if your pet is missing, is file a lost pet report online at www.hsppr.org/lost (link on side of article). They also recommend visiting in person.

They say to also post on lost and found pet social media pages.

If you find a pet, you can fill out a found pet form on HSPPR's site as well.

11 News spoke with Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic about the reason pets may be afraid of the fireworks. They tell us unlike thunderstorms, fireworks come without warning. During a storm, there is a change in atmosphere that dogs sense.

The vets tell us the smell of sulfur from the fireworks also causes alarm for a dog's heightened sense of smell. The smell alone can create fear if they are close to fireworks going off.

Typically, a dog's reaction is to run away from the danger, or sounds that can be nearly impossible to escape on nights like the Fourth of July.

"If they are scared of the noise, you can use white noises; maybe a TV or white noise machine to drown out those scary noises," says Gretchen Pressley from HSPPR.

Local veterinarians recommend talking with your pet's vet about the best options ahead of time. They tell 11 News there are options such as tranquilizers or Thunder Shirt options. Thunder Shirts serve as a sense of security that creates constant pressure, similar to swaddling an infant.

If you believe your pet may be at HSPPR, owners have five days from the time they are dropped off to pick up their pet.