AUSTIN (KXAN) — Each year ahead of Independence Day our mascot Kaxan likes to get the message out that most of his friends hate fireworks. In the video above from 2018, you can see he was so excited to spread the word he nearly jumped off the desk!
Whether it’s a Black Cat or a booming shell, explosions from fireworks scare most pets. In fact, shelters often fill up with runaways during the holiday. This year may be particularly dangerous for many pets for three reasons:
- With the 4th of July falling on Saturday, the holiday will be extended over several days, meaning more celebrations, and more fireworks.
- COVID-19 has caused the cancelation of most public fireworks displays, and with many people staying home, fireworks will be more common in residential areas, despite city ordinances.
- Due to new shelter rules caused by the virus, Austin Animal Center and many other area shelters cannot immediately accept runaway pets, making it less likely they will be reunited with their owners, and more likely they’ll be injured or worse while running loose.
Here’s Kaxan’s appearance on Friday’s 4:30 p.m. newscast, and his fireworks safety tips are below.