An Arizona dog rescue has partnered with three valley fire departments to encourage people to celebrate the 4th of July “boom free” and turn in the fireworks they have purchased.
Mayday Pit Bull Rescue reports that this week is when pet shelters see an increase in lost pets and they are trying to prevent pet owners from losing their animals with an incentive to residents to choose not to let off fireworks in their neighborhoods.
“It’s a really tragic situation for dogs who are fearful of the sound and end up breaking out of their yards, running in the street, getting hit by cars and then they flood the county shelters,” said Jennifer Mazzochi, founder of May Day Pit Bull Rescue.
Rural Metro Fire public information officer Shawn Gilleland said the department partnered with the rescue to encourage people to be safe this time of year.
“We have a huge fire danger right now. We’ve seen many wildfires break out,” Rural Metro Fire public information officer Shawn Gilleland. “Everything is so dry. This is a way that… ‘hey I spent this money on these fireworks,’ but hey I want to be responsible. It’s not just for the fire danger, but for the injury danger.”
The incentive for turning in the fireworks you purchased is a good one! If you turn in your fireworks at one of the many participating fire station locations, residents automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a LG 49-inch flat screen TV.
Here is a list of the participating Fire Stations:
Cave Creek-37402 N. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, 85331
Carefree-37401 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, 85377
Rio Verde-16309 E. Rio Verde Dr., Scottsdale, 85262
Scottsdale Fire Dept
27777 N. Alma School Pkwy
26380 N. Hayden Road
14970 N. 78th Way
11160 N. 132nd St.
7455 E. Shea Blvd.
7339 E. McDonald Road
1901 N. Miller Road
31802 N. Pima Road
20355 N. Pima Road
16701 N. 100th Street
9598 E. Cactus Road
10850 E. Via Linda
9045 E. Via Linda
7522 E. Indian School
9320 E. Cave Creek Road
Fountain Hills Fire Department
16426 E. Palisades Blvd, 85268
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