The RSPCA fears lockdown will spark a surge in DIY firework displays putting animals at risk.
A POLL carried out by the charity revealed 41 per cent of people in England and Wales plan to hold or attend private displays in homes this year.
“Don’t be #BangOutOfOrder- if you’re hosting a private display, please inform your neighbours, so they can try to prepare their pets!”, it urged, referring to its campaign launched in 2019.
🎆 Our polling revealed that 41% of people in England & Wales plan to hold or attend private displays in homes this year! Don't be #BangOutOfOrder– if you're hosting a private display, please inform your neighbours, so they can try to prepare their pets! https://t.co/ZyxVfHIWCo pic.twitter.com/u4jPMPG24M
— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA_official) October 28, 2020
Each year, the RSPCA receives hundreds of calls about fireworks affecting animals.
Over the last four years, the animal welfare charity has received 1,543 calls about fireworks.
And its poll found 21 per cent of UK adults reported owning, knowing or having heard about an animal that had tragically died as a result of fireworks.
“Many animals find fireworks scary. It’s estimated that 45 per cent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem,” said the RSPCA.
“There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.”
The RSPCA is offering the following advice to calm dogs during fireworks.
*Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
*Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.
*Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds.*Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control.
*Create some hiding places around your home.
And the charity has created a short video featuring top tips on keeping pets safe and happy this fireworks season. It even includes how to build a ‘doggy safe den’.
To find out how to keep other pets and animals calm and safe, visit rspca.org
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