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Help Los Angeles Animal Shelters This Fourth of July by Adopting or Fostering a Pet

Shelters are asking for people to volunteer, foster or adopt an animal this Fourth of July.

With Fourth of July fast approaching, Los Angeles Animal Services Centers are encouraging the public to adopt or foster an animal for the Fourth of July weekend.

As many know Fourth of July is a time for family, food and fireworks fun, but it also tends to be a time when animal shelters receive an influx of lost pets. Shelters are seeking the public's help in freeing up some space for any scared animals that will surely end up in shelters.

Every year around the Fourth of July, shelters tend to see a rise in the amount of animals that run away or get out of their homes after being scared by loud fireworks, according to LA Animal Services. 

Animal Services said that if a dog, cat or any pet that runs away during the firework celebrations has a current City Dog License or a microchip registered with a current address and phone number, it makes it easier for them to reunite the animals with their families.

By adopting or fostering an animal for the duration of four days, the centers will be able to make space for frightened arrivals.

"While many people are out celebrating, the shelters will be inundated with frightened pets," said Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager. "Our hope is that animal lovers in Los Angeles will open their home and hearts to help pets in need. If you aren't ready to adopt, fostering is a great way to see what it's like to have a four-legged addition to your family."

To view adoptable pets, visit: http://bit.ly/LAASAdoptables.

For information on volunteering or fostering, visit http://bit.ly/LAASFostering or go to your nearest animal services center and ask for a Foster Volunteer application.

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