Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA holding pets lost in the holiday fun

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — We've been talking about it for days, urging folks to keep their pets indoors during the holiday, since fireworks often scare them.

In fact, the Fourth of July is the day with the most runaway pets of any day in a given year.

If your pet had a successful escape during the Fourth of July, it's time to check your local shelters.

Anne Anderson, the executive director of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, said the last few days have been busy.

"July Fourth is usually the big one," said Anderson. "I think it's because the animals get disoriented."

Since Saturday, the shelter has received seven cats and three dogs. One of the dogs has already been reunited with its owner.

"So far, we've only gotten lost reports, but we do encourage people that have found animals to give us a call, or better yet, bring the animal in so that we can scan it for a microchip," said Anderson. "Maybe get a picture of the pet because a lot of times people are still looking for their pet and not thinking that it's truly lost but it's nearby and will come home soon."

Anderson said once they have an animal on record, they can match it with a pet that's been reported missing.

Anderson explained that animals with no identification will be placed on hold for seven days before being put up for adoption. Pets with a collar or chip will be held for 12 days.

If your lost pet isn't at a local shelter, try going to social media for help. Post a photo of your pet, along with a description of where you lost them to help spread the word.

If you'd like, you can post it to the Visitor Posts section of WHSV's Facebook page.

To check lost and found pets at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, click here.