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Charleston Animal Society offers ‘pet amnesty’ July 5-8

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — The Charleston Animal Society is offering a “pet amnesty” from July 5-8, where any lost animal that shows up there can be picked up at no cost.

The 4th of July is one of the most dangerous days for pets, and more dogs and cats go missing around this holiday than any other, according to the Charleston Animal Society.

“By far, we see more animals going missing right after July 4th than at any other time of the year,” said Pearl Sutton, rescue manager at the Charleston Animal Society. “We urge people to keep their pets indoors and always on a leash because of the fireworks that will go off during the holidays, scaring the animals.”

The refuge will be closed on July 4th but will be open again the following day. Sutton encourages people looking for lost pets to come to the shelter immediately without delay.

The Charleston Animal Society has some tips on what to do if your pet gets lost.

  • Visit the Charleston Animal Society at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston to see if your animal was picked up by animal control or a concerned citizen and brought to the shelter.
  • Visit CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/lost-dogs or CharlestonAnimalSociety/lost-cats.
  • Post a photo and information about your pet’s last known whereabouts on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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