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    Over the July 4th holiday, dozens of stray dogs were brought to OC Animal Care
    • July 6, 2023

    So far, nearly five dozen stray dogs were brought to OC Animal Care over the Fourth of July holiday, the animal shelter has reported.

    Fifty-seven dogs have been brought to the shelter since July 1, OC Animal Care reported on Wednesday, noting that more are still arriving. The loud noises that come with Independence Day celebrations cause dogs to escape, the shelter said.

    Those who have recently lost a pet can visit several different websites to hopefully find their loved one. can be used to check if the lost pet has wound up at the OC Animal Care Shelter or if it has been found by community members and is not at the shelter.

    Pet owners are also encouraged to explore other avenues, such as thoroughly searching their neighborhood — including neighborhood Facebook groups and Nextdoor — reaching out to local veterinarian offices and posting photos with a detailed description of the pet in prominent locations.

    When Independence Day rolls around, lost pets are common: OC Animal Care said one in three pets will go missing during their lifetime so a pet license is a good way for pet owners to stay connected with their furry friends.

    More pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Across California, calls reporting missing pets spiked more than 300% on July 5, according to 24Pet, a microchip registry and lost pet database.

    Pet owners’ first instinct is to go out and search for their pet, however, this could confuse animal because it spreads their smell. It’s recommended that owners get help from friends and family who can go out to look in bushes and small areas the dogs could find refuge in.

    Pets licensed with OC Animal Care also qualify for its Take Me Home Program. This pet redemption program is offered to pet owners who have had their licensed pets impounded for the first time and requires pet owners to redeem their pet within the first 24 hours. More information on how to license one’s pet can be found at

    Staff writer Laylan Connelly contributed to this report.

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