RCACP sees increase in strays ahead of Fourth of July

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The Regional Center for Animal Care & Protection (RCACP) is encouraging pet owners to look for any missing pets at their facility.

The public intake shelter says since this past weekend, it has taken in 50 stray dogs and cats. The facility believes at least some of those animals may have been spooked by the sound of fireworks.

This is the busiest time of the year for the shelter, with many pets getting lost after becoming scared and running away from fireworks.

“So our biggest thing is reuniting those lost animals with their families, and because they are so scared with fireworks, they can travel a long way. So please come down and do a walk-through and see if your pup or kitten may be down here,” says Melinda Rector, director of operations with RCACP.

The RCACP will be closed for adoptions and surrenders on July 4th. However, the shelter will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. so that owners can reclaim their missing pets.

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