Runaway pets increase during July 4th holiday. Here’s what to do if you lost your pet.

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, there’s a 30 percent increase in the number of pets that go missing on the Fourth of July holiday.

“The week following the Fourth of July is always busy for animal rescue,” said Kathleen Legg, Director of Community Engagement for Angels of Assisi. “Lots of animals go missing due to the loud, scary noises of fireworks.”

The Danville Area Humane Society recorded videos on Saturday, July 3 of animals scared of the fireworks but said none of the animals in their care were hurt in their attempts to escape.

Here are some tips from Angels of Assisi if your pet does go missing.

Start making calls.

“If your pet does go missing, we recommend contacting your local animal shelters,” said Legg. “For our community, that would be the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection.”

Take advantage of any microchips.

“We recommend contacting the database that they registered with and make sure that all your contact information is up to date,” said Legg.

Spread awareness of your pet through word of mouth.

“Walk around the neighborhood or the area where your pet was lost. You can talk to your neighbors. They might have any recent sightings, and you can also post fliers,” Legg said.

If your cat is missing, put their litter box outside.

“If you do have a cat, you can put your litterbox outside, and they can follow that scent back to your house,” Legg commented.

Use the internet.

“There’s also the power of social media,” said Legg. “We’ve seen lots of animals be reconnected with their family with people just sharing posts. We recommend posting it on your personal page as well as other pet forums and pages.”

Petco Love Lost has a free service where you can upload a photo of your pet and it will match it to other found animals.

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