For dogs who are sensitive to loud noises, July 4 isn't very thrilling. Fireworks can cause them to cower under a bed or even run for the hills.  As for shelter dogs who don't have homes, they can only cower in their cages until the firework blasts are over. But one shelter has a genius idea to help their homeless pups.


"Calming for Canines" at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is a new July 4 tradition, proving the kindness is patriotic. Last year, 300 people from the community showed up at the shelter's two locations around Phoenix, Arizona. "It was overwhelming to see how the community responded," said Ben Swan, the shelter's development director.