Arizona Humane Society helps reunite lost pets after loud holiday weekend

The Humane Society says July 5th is the busiest day for shelters, as many dogs run away from the sound of fireworks.
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 11:01 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 7:23 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters according to the Arizona Humane Society, as many dogs typically get scared and run from the sound of fireworks. It’s so bad, that shelters can see up to a 60 percent increase in the number of lost pets during this time of year.

One such dog was found Tuesday morning near Central and Dunlap by a Humane Society staff member, and temporarily renamed “Beautiful Pooches” until her owner could be located. She even made her TV debut on Good Morning Arizona.

Later in the day, her owner Oscar reached out! Moxie, her real name, is afraid of fireworks and someone accidentally left a door open allowing her to escape. Oscar looked for her, but she was found by an AHS staff member 10 minutes away from home.

Moxie was reunited with Oscar hours after she ran away because of fireworks.
Moxie was reunited with Oscar hours after she ran away because of fireworks.(Courtesy: Arizona Humane Society)

While it can be stressful to lose your dog or cat, it’s also never been easier to find them. In Maricopa County, there are two places to check first: the Maricopa County Shelter, which takes in lost healthy pets, and the Arizona Humane Society, which helps injured lost pets. You can also check this interactive map that shows stray dogs impounded within the last three days.