Your Trusted Source for Commercial and Residential Locksmiths in Smyrna
Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent “technician” that offers “quick” solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won’t cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.
Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Smyrna for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:
As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you’re looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.
Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Arrowhead Lock & Safe:
- Our residential and commercial locksmiths in Smyrna are bonded, licensed, insured, and ready to work hard.
- Every professional locksmith is vetted via interviews and background checks.
- We offer a wide range of locksmith services, from simple fixes to multi-step security system installations.
- We carry a huge stock of premium, name-brand security hardware.
- Our prices are affordable, and our quotes are 100% free of charge.
- We aim to go the extra mile for ALL of our customers. It’s just the way we do business!
Residential Locksmith Services: Keeping Your Home and Family Safe
Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn’t defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.
That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Smyrna is so important – to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home’s locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.
We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:
Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.
New Lock Installation
Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it’s time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we’re done, we’ll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.
High-Security Lock Installation
If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you’re interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.
Access Control System Installation:
If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.
Commercial Locksmith Services: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business
If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses’ assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Smyrna install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.
Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it’s too late – your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it’s always better to be proactive about your businesses’ security rather than reactive.
At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.
Here are just a few of the commercial services we offer, all set up and installed by a certified, highly-trained commercial locksmith in Smyrna:
Commercial Door Locks
Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.
Commercial Door Lock Repair
If your businesses’ locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it’s always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.
Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.
A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses’ roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.
Access Control Systems
Having the ability to control every one of your businesses’ locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.
Commercial Door Installation
Entryways can be especially vulnerable, but Arrowhead Lock and Safe know how to select and install the best doors for your business. When you add remote control access features, business owners can open other structures like motorized fences, large parking gates, and even barriers.
ANSI Door Lock Grades Explained
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock’s grade:
- Strength Cycles – How many uses a lock can withstand before a replacement lock is needed)
- Operational – This refers to a door’s ability to latch when it is closed
- Security – The effectiveness of the lock’s security
- Material – What kind of material is the lock made of?
- Finish – Satin, nickel-plated, bronze, etc.
Grade 1 Locks
These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today’s day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.
Grade 2 Locks
These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.
Grade 3 Locks
This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.
Latest News in Smyrna
Which Smyrna-Vinings Businesses Got PPP Loans
Smyrna-Vinings, GA Patch
SMYRNA-VININGS, GA — Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program have closed after benefiting more than 11.8 million pandemic-stricken businesses, including many in Smyrna-Vinings. The Paycheck Protection Program started in April 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), and was extended until May 31, 2021. There were 416,058 PPP loans approved in Georgia in 2021 alone, according to the Small Business Administration. The total 2021 amount approved was $11,056,741,932....
SMYRNA-VININGS, GA — Applications for the federal Paycheck Protection Program have closed after benefiting more than 11.8 million pandemic-stricken businesses, including many in Smyrna-Vinings.
The Paycheck Protection Program started in April 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), and was extended until May 31, 2021.
There were 416,058 PPP loans approved in Georgia in 2021 alone, according to the Small Business Administration. The total 2021 amount approved was $11,056,741,932.
Loan applications were processed through banks and other traditional lenders, with the SBA backing the resulting loans. Around $800 billion in loans were approved nationwide under the program.
The loans are forgivable if borrowers meet certain criteria, including spending at least 60 percent of the money on payroll costs and maintaining employee compensation levels.
Below are some Smyrna-Vinings businesses that benefited from the program according to the SBA. Check here for a full, searchable database.
TW RESTAURANT HOLDER, LLC
HOA RESTAURANT HOLDER, LLC
TRUSTPOINT INTERNATIONAL, LLC
EDS SERVICE SOLUTIONS LLC
R. F. KNOX COMPANY, INC
WILLIAMS ENTERPRISES OF GEORGIA INC
DW RESTAURANT HOLDER, LLC
BENNETT THRASHER, LLP
MAULDIN & JENKINS, LLC
THE KELLEN COMPANY
Nationally, the accommodation/food service industry received the largest share of loans in 2021, with 15 percent of the total.
Around 87 percent of the loans approved in 2021 were for $50,000 or less, and they accounted for a third of the total approved amount. The average loan size was $42,000.
The program wasn't without controversy. Banks tended to prioritize large, established businesses, according to a New York Times analysis. Congress raised fees for small loans in December to encourage lenders to make small business loans, and rules were changed in February to allow unprofitable solo businesses to qualify.
Several large companies drew public ire after it was revealed that they took PPP loans instead of relying on traditional capital-raising activities. The outcry prompted the SBA to review all loan applications over $2 million and issue guidance that the program was intended for businesses that lacked access to other cash-raising methods.
Editor's note: This list was automatically generated using data from the SBA for approved loans of $150,000 or more, although some loans ultimately were not made. Business owners can contact the SBA if information about a loan isn't correct. SBA data occasionally contains duplicate entries. Other feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cobb Restaurant Inspections: Taco Prada, Tandoor Restaurant
Grabbing some grub or a quick coffee to go? Check out the latest scores for the 43 Cobb County eateries inspected in the last week. COBB COUNTY, GA — Just more than 40 Cobb County restaurants and food-service operations were inspected in the last week, including in Acworth, Atlanta, Kennesaw, Mableton, Marietta and Smyrna. Here's how they fared in their health inspections since July 8. A total of 43 eateries were inspected, with 34 of those entities receiving As and seven of them receiving grades of B. One received a C...
Grabbing some grub or a quick coffee to go? Check out the latest scores for the 43 Cobb County eateries inspected in the last week.
COBB COUNTY, GA — Just more than 40 Cobb County restaurants and food-service operations were inspected in the last week, including in Acworth, Atlanta, Kennesaw, Mableton, Marietta and Smyrna. Here's how they fared in their health inspections since July 8.
A total of 43 eateries were inspected, with 34 of those entities receiving As and seven of them receiving grades of B. One received a C and one received an unacceptable score.
Each item on an inspection form has a point value ranging from 1 to 9 points, with violations deducting points from the best possible score of 100. Higher points are taken for items with higher risk to cause illness, while repeat violations take even more points.
Letter grades assigned are A for totals of 100 to 90 points, B for 89 to 80, C for 79 to 70 and U for less than 70.
Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health's website for links to the inspections.
The Fountain!!, 4843 N. Main St.
St. Angelo's Pizza, 4687 Atlanta Road, Suite B
The Breaded Pig, 3795 Presidential Parkway, Suite 113
Cold Stone Creamery, 2500 Cobb Place Lane, Suite 230
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, 2774 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 104
Laredo's Mexican Bar and Grill, 2774 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 100
El Solecito Mexican Grill, 511 Veterans Memorial Highway SW, Suite 1
New Han's, 4875 Floyd Road Suite 108
Pasadita Taqueria, 6015 Mableton Parkway
Rancho El Molcajete, 499 Veterans Memorial Highway SW
Taco Prada, 6912 Mableton Parkway SE
The Pizza Spot, 1450 Veterans Memorial Highway SE, Suite 100
Barnes and Noble, 3625 Dallas Highway SW
Best Western Atlanta, Marietta Ballpark, 1940 Leland Drive SE
Biscuits and More, 3162 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 140
Blaqhaus, 16 Atlanta St. SE
Burger King, 2495 Dallas Highway
Cadence Marietta, 1345 Milford Church Road SW
Crepe De La Crepe, 68 N. Marietta Parkway, SPCE 113
Firehouse Subs, 145 N. Marietta Parkway NE, Suite F
Dairy Queen, 3721 Largent Way
Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 3705 Dallas Highway SE
JJ's Pizzeria, 2211 Roswell Roa, Suite 116
McCray's Tavern East Cobb, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 850
Nature's Corner Market, 3960 Mary Eliza Trace NW, Suite 500
Perks Coffee and Bagels, 3000 Windy Hill Road Suite 176
Ponko Chicken, 68 N. Marietta Parkway NE, SPC 103
Red Elephant Cuisine, 3000 Windy Hill Road SE, Suite 152
Starbucks, 1453 Terrell Mill Road, Suite 200
Tandoor Restaurant, 279 Powers Ferry Road SE, Suite F
The China Doll, 1230 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 4-5
Zaxby's, 750 Johnson Ferry Road
Nibbles!!, 4456 Marietta St.
Chicago Pizza, 3150 Highlands Parkway SE, Suite 101
House of Chan, 2469 Cobb Parkway, SE
International House of Pancakes, 2530 Cobb Parkway SE
Tacos La Villa, 2415 Cobb Parkway SE
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 4924 Cobb Drive SE, Suite G
Mexico Lindo, 2620 S. Cobb Drive SE
Siracusa's NY Pizzeria, 5350 United Drive SE, Suite 106
Tokyo Sushi and Steakhouse, 4624 Camp Highland Road SE, Suite 700
Zaxby's 5201 Cobb Drive
Unemployment Rate Steady In Smyrna-Vinings Area: Feds
The unemployment rate in Cobb County hasn't had a month-to-month change. SMYRNA-VININGS, GA — Hiring surged in the U.S. in June and average hourly wages increased as more Americans return to a pre-pandemic way of life. However, the country still has a long way to go before pandemic job losses are fully reversed. The U.S. added 850,000 non-farm jobs in June, which was the largest monthly increase since August 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total payroll employment is up 15.6 million jobs since April ...
The unemployment rate in Cobb County hasn't had a month-to-month change.
SMYRNA-VININGS, GA — Hiring surged in the U.S. in June and average hourly wages increased as more Americans return to a pre-pandemic way of life. However, the country still has a long way to go before pandemic job losses are fully reversed.
The U.S. added 850,000 non-farm jobs in June, which was the largest monthly increase since August 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total payroll employment is up 15.6 million jobs since April 2020. However, the country is still down 6.8 million jobs (4.4 percent) from pre-pandemic levels. The unemployment rate ticked up by 0.1 percentage points to 5.9 percent between May and June.
The unemployment rate in the Smyrna-Vinings area has largely improved since the beginning of the pandemic. There wasn't a change from April to May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. May figures are the most recent for local unemployment.
The Cobb County unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in May, unchanged from April. That reflected significant improvement from May 2020, when the unemployment rate stood at 8.9 percent.
The Cobb County May unemployment rate is lower than Georgia's 3.9 percent rate, according to the latest local figures from the BLS.
Nationally, the leisure and hospitality industry added 343,000 positions in June in a sign that more Americans are ready to return to restaurants, bars and vacation spots. Employment in the industry still has a long way to recover, with positions down 12.9 percent from pre-pandemic levels.
Average hourly earnings continue to climb as employers offer more money in an effort to fill positions. The average hourly earning was $30.40 in June, up 10 cents from May. Average hourly wages are up 43 cents since April.
President Joe Biden celebrated the report and said the country is rapidly recovering from the pandemic's economic damage.
"Instead of workers competing with each other for jobs that are scarce, employers are competing with each other to attract workers," he said in a statement.
Long-term unemployment (jobless for 27 weeks or more) increased by 233,000 to 4 million; people who are long-term unemployed account for about 42 percent of all unemployed people in June.
Editor's note: This post was automatically generated using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. Please report any errors or other feedback to email@example.com.
Navy Announces 2021 Football Recruiting Class
Naval Academy Athletics
Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2021 football recruiting class on Thursday as 65 prospects representing 19 states and the District of Columbia reported to the Naval Academy. The state of Texas produced the most recruits with 12, while Florida has seven and Georgia six. Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio produced five student-athletes each. Navy is scheduled to open the 2021 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 4 at home a...
Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo released the names of the 2021 football recruiting class on Thursday as 65 prospects representing 19 states and the District of Columbia reported to the Naval Academy. The state of Texas produced the most recruits with 12, while Florida has seven and Georgia six. Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio produced five student-athletes each.
Navy is scheduled to open the 2021 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 4 at home against Marshall. Season tickets are available now by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by clicking here: https://navysports.com/sports/2019/12/10/tickets-navy-tickets-m-footbl-html.aspx
Name Position Hgt. Wgt. Hometown / High School
Nolan Barber NG 6-2 258 Monclova, Ohio / Anthony Wayne
Jared Behrens Raider 6-3 220 Purcell, Va. / IMG Academy (Fla.)
JD Bengeston LB 6-2 220 Tifton, Ga. / Tift County
Marcus Bleazard LB 6-0 215 Kennesaw, Ga. / Harrison
Javan Bouton OT 6-3 290 Carrollton, Texas / Prestonwood Christian
Zachary Branam QB 6-0 195 Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle
Evan Brown OT 6-4 265 Louisville, Ky. / St. Xavier
Martel Carruthers WR 6-4 210 League City, Texas / Clear Spring
Titan Case SB 6-0 195 Springboro, Ohio / Springboro
Trey Cummings OG 6-1 265 Houston, Texas / Westfield
Anthony D'Angelo OT 6-4 248 Queenstown, Md. / Kent Island
Cameren Dalrymple SB 6-0 173 Rosehill, N.C. / Wallace-Rose Hill
RJ Davis Raider 6-4 230 Bowie, Md. / Duval
D.J. Donovan Raider 6-2 220 Danbury, Conn. / Danbury
Tyler Fletcher LB 6-3 210 Nashville, Tenn. / East Nashville Magnet
Daba Fofana FB 5-8 195 Cumming, Ga. / West Forsyth
Creedyn Foulger DE 6-2 240 Hyrum, Utah / Mountain Crest
Randy Franklin S 6-0 195 Linden, N.C. / E.E. Smith
Tyler Gaskin CB 5-9 160 Delray Beach, Fla. / Deerfield Beach
Kellen Grave-De Peralta P 6-1 170 Peachtree Corners, Ga. / Norcross
Daniel Green DT 6-2 260 Orlando, Fla. / Dr. Phillips
Anton Hall FB 5-8 170 Homestead, Fla. / Gulliver Prep
Sean Harris OG 6-1 270 Dyersburg, Tenn. / Dyersburg
Amin Hassan SB 5-7 160 Miami, Fla. / Gulliver Prep
Maquel Haywood SB 5-8 170 Wake Forest, N.C. / Rolesville
David Hixon OT 6-3 250 Auburn, Ala. / Auburn
Alex Howard OT 6-3 260 Deltona, Fla. / University
Joe Hutson S 6-1 175 Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lake Oswego
Kyle Jacob LB 6-0 210 Paramus, N.J. / Paramus
Trace Jewell Striker 6-1 180 Lantana, Texas / John H. Guyer
Brandon Johnson OG 6-2 285 Moncks Corner, S.C. / Fort Dorchester
Semaj Johnson OL 6-2 245 Dallas, Texas / Woodrow Wilson
Semari Johnson DE 6-2 235 Dallas, Texas / Woodrow Wilson
Cam Jordan QB 5-11 215 Cadiz, Ky. / Trigg County
Isaiah Knowles QB 6-1 185 Riverview, Fla. / Seffner Christian
Sky Lactaoen FB 5-10 190 Ewa Beach, Hawai'i / Campbell
Rayuan Lane S 5-11 180 Jessup, Md. / Gilman School
Elias Larry CB 6-0 170 Newhall, Calif. / Sierra Canyon
Thomas Marshall FB 5-11 195 Hiram, Ga. / South Paulding
Cephas McKinney SB 5-8 165 Nokesville, Va. / Northern Virginia Home School
Connor McMahon OT 6-3 250 Canonsburg, Pa. / Canon-McMillan
Declan Moriarty OG 6-3 300 West Barnstable, Mass. / Barnstable
Luke Morley QB 6-4 200 Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax
Kroy Myers SB 5-11 170 Waldorf, Md. / North Point
Ethan Nguyen LS 6-1 195 La Verne, Calif. / Damien
Dashaun Peele WR 5-11 175 Norfolk, Va. / Maury
Elijah Perry Striker 6-2 195 North East, Md. / Elkton
Logan Point FB 5-11 195 Celina, Texas / Celina
Colin Ramos LB 5-11 205 Wayne, N.J. / Don Bosco
Justin Reed DE 6-3 230 Apex, N.C. / Apex Friendship
Riley Riethman P / K 5-10 170 Keller, Texas / Nolan Catholic
Nazir Rogers Raider 6-4 194 New Smyrna Beach, Fla. / New Smyrna Beach
Jordan Sanders Raider 6-5 210 Chattanooga, Tenn. / Silverdale Baptist
Thomas Scully LB 6-2 195 Austin, Texas / Regents School of Austin
Brent Self OT 6-2 275 Keller, Texas / Byron Nelson
Cameron Smith SB 5-9 180 Charlotte, N.C. / Olympic
Campbell Speights SB 5-9 185 McAllen, Texas / McAllen Memorial
Turner Stepp LB 6-2 200 Decatur, Ala. / Decatur
Luke Thiemann LB 6-2 218 Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle
Patrick Turner LB 6-2 230 Dallas, Texas / Highland Park
Regis Velez WR 6-4 212 Phoenix, Ariz. / Brophy Prep (Northern Arizona)
Michael Whitehouse DE 6-4 234 Blue Ash, Ohio / St. Xavier
Mbiti Williams CB 5-9 170 Roswell, Ga. / Pace Academy
Jianni Woodson-Brooks LB 6-0 220 Washington, D.C. / Woodberry Forest
Jaden Young NG 6-3 265 Cambridge, Mass. / Buckingham Browne & Nichols
July 5 Busiest Day Of Year For South Cobb Animal Shelters
South Cobb, GA Patch
SOUTH COBB, GA — When South Cobb residents break out the fireworks, bottle rockets and Roman candles to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday, local animal shelters will be bracing for what usually ends up being the busiest day of their year. More pets go missing July 4-5 than any other days of the year, according to the American Kennel Club. As a result, animal shelters across the country consistently report a huge uptick in the number of dogs and cats they take in over the Independence Day holiday. Dallas Ha...
SOUTH COBB, GA — When South Cobb residents break out the fireworks, bottle rockets and Roman candles to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday, local animal shelters will be bracing for what usually ends up being the busiest day of their year.
More pets go missing July 4-5 than any other days of the year, according to the American Kennel Club.
As a result, animal shelters across the country consistently report a huge uptick in the number of dogs and cats they take in over the Independence Day holiday.
Dallas Harsa, vice president of sales and marketing at AKC Reunite, said on the organization's website there are many factors that influence the increase in animals. Through the years, AKC Reunite has helped return more than 500,000 lost pets to their owners.
"Barbecues, many people coming in and out of the house, and even the noise of the fireworks, which may cause pets to panic and they will try to flee somewhere," Harsa said. "They don't know where the noise is coming from and they try to escape because they don't understand."
Here's the issue: Dogs have a heightened sense of hearing that makes the booming, buzzing, hissing, crackling, humming and whistling of fireworks a traumatic experience.
While pet parents can easily plan around municipal fireworks shows, it becomes more challenging to prepare and calm pets during the spontaneous displays lighting up your street. If outside, dogs can easily bolt. Even dogs that are secured with a leash or chain can break loose and jump a high fence when frightened.
If fireworks send your dog fleeing, the Humane Society of the United States advises first checking with local animal shelters and animal control agencies. Places to check close to home include:
Also, search your neighborhood several times a day, and ask neighbors, mail carriers and delivery people if they have seen your dog. It's also a good idea to hand out recent photographs of your dog along with your contact information.
Also consider checking shelters within a 60-mile radius of your home.
A number of online sites help reunite pets with their owners, including Pet FBI, or Pets Found By Internet. Others include:
If you were considering a backyard fireworks display this year, at least one animal shelter is hoping you'll bypass the noise in favor of supporting dogs and cats waiting to be rescued.
Oklahoma-based Sand Springs Animal Welfare Facility recently shared the idea on social media in hopes it catches on. The post suggests buying two bags of pet food for a shelter instead of fireworks:
"Make a difference instead of a noise," the post reads.
"It's a great time of year for fireworks and everything, but the animals really do get scared, so we always say, make sure your pets are very secure when it's fireworks time," Tracy Arvidson, animal coordinator with Sand Springs Animal Welfare, told Tulsa-based WTUL.