Not all puppies love to hear the bang of fireworks as the sky lights up as we humans do. For them, the 4th of July is one of the scariest days in the year.

They usually find a safe place to hide. Some cover their head under their bed, while others run away from the sound never to return (Yes, many dogs do go missing on 4th of July.)

Unfortunately, for shelter dogs, they don’t have a bed to hide under or even a place to run away to. So, they cry and cry and cry on worry until the bursts are over. However, this shelter has a brilliant idea to make these furbaby’s life less miserable.


new Independence Day tradition, “Calming the Canines,” at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), does exactly what the name suggests. People gather around from different places to calm these pups.

The previous year, over 300 people showed up to take part in this beautiful program. These shelters are located at two places — Phoenix, Arizona, and both of them was filled with love.

“It was overwhelming to see how the community responded,” the shelter’s development director, Ben Swan said in a press release. “It really helped spread our message that MCACC is here to help.”

Last year’s visitor Amy Engel wrote that she is going this year as well. She wrote it on her Facebook page:

“Some people sang to them, some people read to them, some people just sat there and gave treats! 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.”

Turns out, the event gave these pups more than a day’s happiness.

“Many participants developed lasting relationships with the shelter, returning to provide foster care, adopt a pet or volunteer,” the MCACC wrote.

After the previous year’s success, the shelter pointed out some tips for this year’s visitors. If you are planning to visit this year, make sure to revise this:

  • Bring your blanket to sit on
  • Folding chairs might make your night comfier
  •  Let your cat or dog approach you. Try sitting in calm so they won’t be scared of your love.

The shelter is expecting an increase in number of this year’s visitors. Their doors always remain open for the people who are willing to share their love and kindness to these pups.