Johnson County animal shelters expect influx of lost pets on Fourth of July weekend — here’s why

Mission: Dog Park

Great Plains ASPCA in Merriam says the the loud, booming sounds of fireworks often prompt pets to run away from their owners' homes. Experts say Independence Day is the number one day pets go missing in the U.S. File photo.

You could already start to hear fireworks in some areas of Johnson County on Thursday evening, ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. And so could your pets.

For humans, Independence Day may be a blast, but local animal shelters urge pet owners to keep their pets in mind when fireworks are going off Sunday (or on Friday and Saturday, too.)

While firework displays can be impressive they can also be stressful for our furry friends.