If you want to avoid excessive absenteeism on July 8, read this:
Fireworks on July 4 terrorize animals.
Every year, pets (particularly, but not only, dogs) left outside run away. Some are killed by cars. Others end up in shelters with uncertain fates.
Please keep your pets inside during fireworks. Consider putting in a room with shades closed, soft music, favorite food, etc.
Note: even if you bring your dog or other pet with you to fireworks and he or she does not run away, he or she likely will be terrorized. Vets are bracing for July 5 emergencies.
The shelters are bracing, too. I am spending my afternoon at the local shelter where I volunteer to help prepare for the inevitable and avoidable July 5 nightmare.
We are not alone. Shelters everywhere are bracing: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-animal-shelters-overcrowding-20190702-goomlvcqhrhwzkiqs5i6xo4vka-goomlvcqhrhwzkiqs5i6xo4vka-story.html.
Enjoy the holiday but take care of your pets, too.
And if you’re an employer, consider adding more pet-related benefits at your workplace. In the resource guide Becoming a Pet-Friendly Workplace, SHRM says, "As organizations look to provide perks that will attract and retain key talent, many are coming to realize that offering pet-friendly benefits—whether that means take-your-dog-to-work days, pet insurance or animal-related volunteer excursions—can be an effective tool for improving recruitment, morale and even wellness." Learn more about benefits such as Pawternity Leave and Take Your Dog to Work Day.
I look forward to spending July 4 with Scotty, Finny and Larry, my feline companions who do not like fireworks at all.