Just like New Year’s, July 4 isn’t exactly a holiday for most pups. In fact, fireworks and other loud noises can even make it a nightmare. And, while our family furballs have the commodity of hiding under the bed, shelter dogs aren’t so lucky. However, one shelter came up with a brilliant idea to help these homeless pups relax through the blasting holiday.
“It was overwhelming to see how the community responded,” Ben Swan, the shelter’s development director, said in a press release. “It really helped spread our message that MCACC is here to help.”
“Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats!” Engel wrote. “It was so, so awesome because the dogs absolutely love the attention and were focused on the people and not the fireworks going on outside.”
“Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer,” the MCACC wrote.
This year, shelter staff hope that the kindness will spread even wider, and even more meaningful connections will be made.