Dogs Trust

Early closure for Dogs Trust Glasgow on Guy Fawkes due to firework fears

Dogs Trust Glasgow will be operating under reduced hours tomorrow (Tuesday 5th November) with an early closure of 4.00pm instead of the Uddingston Centre’s usual Tuesday late-night closing time of 7.30pm. The early closure will mean staff can devote their time to keeping resident dogs as calm as possible in an effort to protect them from firework fears. Dogs Trust Glasgow is also appealing to the local community to spare a thought for their four-legged friends during the festivities.

Although they look beautiful, fireworks can be very distressing for dogs when let off and because they are so easily accessible all year-round, canine carers – as well as dog owners – are on tenterhooks as to when their beloved dogs will next be frightened.

Sandra Lawton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow, said:

“With the Rehoming Centre located in close proximity to large residential areas, as well as numerous official fireworks displays in Lanarkshire, we have made the decision to close the Glasgow Rehoming Centre early on Tuesday 5th November. We will also be increasing staff support in order to ensure dogs remain as relaxed as possible while festivities go on.

“Many of us enjoy the experience of fireworks, especially when it comes to celebrations, but for our dogs it’s often a terrifying and confusing experience. Dogs have far more sensitive hearing than humans, so it is easy to imagine how loud fireworks would be for them.”

The team at Dogs Trust Glasgow can be contacted by telephone 0141 465 0839.

Last week the Scottish Government announced an Action Plan to promote the safe and appropriate use of fireworks*. Dogs Trust has welcomed this announcement, which includes plans to introduce a Fireworks Review Group, to be responsible for considering laws around where and when fireworks can be used. 

Dogs Trust has a host of information available online to support anyone thinking about holding or attending a fireworks display; and how we can prepare our pets in the event that fireworks will be set off near their home.    

For further advice about preventing and dealing with fear of loud noises such as fireworks, please visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/fireworks