Keeping Pets Safe This 4th of July and Summer

Keeping Pets Safe This 4th of July and Summer

Fourth of July and summer fireworks can be scary experiences for pets.  Dogs, cats, and other animals can get spooked easily by the loud bang of fireworks, and it’s our job to do whatever we can to help keep them safe. Animals may get scared or confused when the unexpected bang occurs, causing them to runaway in fright, or otherwise injure themselves out of fear.

Here are some tips to help keep our animal friends safe during 4th of July and summer fireworks:

  1. Give pets a safe environment from the loud noises. Dogs often like to be in a small space when they feel frightened, such as their crate or dog bed. Cats routinely hide in closets or under beds during fireworks. Make sure you know where your furry friends are before and after the fireworks display.
  2. In or outdoors, avoid leaving pets alone during fireworks. If you must leave pets alone, make sure all windows and doors are securely shut. Familiar noises like the T.V., a fan or the air conditioner can help lessen the stress of the loud noises.
  3. If your pet seems scared, avoid punishment and speak calmly and cheerfully. Give pets a distraction from the loud booms with a KONG® toy full of treats. At Purr’n Pooch we fill the toy up with treats then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. Pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter then get to the treat. Specific treats are made for pet relaxation. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations, we have Pet Naturals Vermont Calming Treats for all kinds of pets. All-natural, long-lasting Churpi Chews are also a good bet.
  4. Gentle pressure can help relieve anxiety. If a furry friend feels stressed, a wrap fastened around the midsection can calm the nervous system through a hug-like pressure. We suggest using Thundershirt, available at both Purr’n Pooch locations in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
  5. Don’t forget about the ears. Our pets are sensitive to loud noises just like us, and Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for dogs is a great way to protect hearing. The muffs are comfortable, lightweight and come with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for the highest level of comfort. Make sure to supervise your pooch while the muffs are on.
  6. ID your pet. Make sure all your pets have an ID tag or microchip so they can be returned to your loving home if they escape.
  7. Educate yourself. Make sure you know when your community, and surrounding area, is having fireworks displays so you can be prepared to protect your pets.

Here is a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 3 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 2 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 4 at 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Brick Summerfest: July 2 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Asbury Park Fireworks:July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest& Fireworks: July 4 at 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 3 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 from 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Ocean City July 4th: July 1 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


  • Wildwood: Every Friday night at 10 p.m. in July and August
  • Point Pleasant Beach: Every Thursday night at dark in July and August
  • Seaside Heights: Every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in July and August

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. Remember to take care of our furry friends so we can all be safe and enjoy the summer.


Stimulate Your Pet’s Mind and Body with Play

Stimulate Your Pet's Mind and Body with PlayDo you spend most of your time laying on the couch or in bed staring at the wall? Probably not. You’re most likely keeping yourself occupied at work or engaged in some type of activity you enjoy. What do you think would happen to you if you spent each day doing absolutely nothing? It would certainly have some negative effects on your physical and mental health. The same goes for our pets. Just like us, a lack of activity and stimulation is not good for their health, nor is it something they enjoy.

Physical activity and mental stimulation through play are very important for pets. All pups are born with innate play skills. They have deeply rooted instincts to search, chase, grab and tug. Without play, dogs may show behavioral problems due to boredom and excess energy. This makes sense because they’re meant to lead active lives. It’s important for your dog to play in order for him to live a happy and healthy life.

Just like dogs, cats are also born with instincts to play. When you look at what they do in the wild, it’s obvious why they need to play.  Cats are naturally curious, so when they are not mentally stimulated, they can become depressed and lethargic.  Similar to dogs, cats are also more likely to develop behavioral problems such as insecurity, aggression, urine marking, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, when stressed or anxious because of boredom.

Take time to play with your pets every day. If you have a cat, find something that engages his interest, like interactive toys. Interactive playing strengthens the bond between you and your cat. It also lets your cat hone his hunting skills, release energy, gain confidence and get in a good exercise – all beneficial to his physical and mental health.

With a dog, there are countless ways to play, both indoors and outdoors. Fetch, scent games, puzzles, tug of war, running, walking and training are all great activities. Just like with a cat, play will strengthen the bond between you and your pooch.

Because most people are constantly busy, pets often end up spending much of their time home alone not doing very much. We can only imagine they’d feel the same as a human would if they spent each day as a couch potato. Daycare facilities are the perfect solution for a pet to avoid a lazy life. While you’re away, they’re sure to be occupied with lots of fun activities, such as puzzles, games and space to run, play and socialize.

Here are some ways we exercise your pet’s mind and body at Purr’n Pooch.

Playground Activities

At Purr’n Pooch, we have hygienically effective turf and natural grass yards, as well as puppy playground equipment, where pups get to run around, play and socialize. Playground fun will give your dog physical and mental exercise, while practicing social skills with other dogs.

Splish, Splash: Pool Time

The best part about this time of year is that our outdoor pools are open! Swimming and splashing around in our in our supervised outdoor and indoor water parks provide both mental and physical stimulation for our visiting boarding and daycare pups. They help your dog to socialize, get in a cardio vascular workout, and of course, cool off! We offer several freshwater pools and water elements like fountains and waterfalls for their enjoyment. Pool time rates are available here.


All cats need mental stimulation, especially indoor cats. Our cattery in Tinton Falls features a 22-foot waterfall, and rock wall for climbing and playing is perfect for occupying even the most finicky of cats. Our windows with perches provide mental stimulation as cats look outside to observe.

Social activities with humans enrich a cat’s environment. At Purr’n Pooch, cats experience private play time, explore rooms, lounge, and use toys provided in our fully equipped cattery.

Food Puzzle Toys

When there is food involved, pets are sure to be interested in whatever is going on. Food puzzle KONG® toys and are an excellent way to keep pets entertained and mentally stimulated. These puzzles are sturdy containers, made of hard rubber or plastic, that hold food or treats inside but don’t give pets easy access to the food. They have holes on each end or on the sides, and pets must work to get the food to come out by shaking, pawing, rolling, nibbling or licking the toy. Food puzzle toys require time, patience and problem-solving. Visit our Wall and Tinton Falls, NJ retail boutiques to purchase these games.

Agility4Fun Classes

No matter the breed of dog you have, you and your four legged furry friends can enjoy the fun of agility together at Purr’n Pooch. Agility4Fun is designed for all dogs and their owners to enjoy the sport of agility. It’s a different way for you to exercise your dog, and an excellent way to take basic training to the next level.

Play ‘N Games

Purr’n Pooch offers Play ‘N Games for pets that come in for daycare on Tuesdays. They will get to participate in one of these fun activities: agility, puzzles, or scent work. The additional cost for this service is $35.

Have any questions or want to schedule a time to visit our facilities, contact us. We hope to have your pet visit us for a day of fun and games.

Make a Big Splash This June at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort



There’s much fun a foot (or paw) at Purr’n Pooch this month. Our daycare and boarding dogs are enjoying their time outdoors playing with friends in our fresh water pools and spacious playgrounds. We also have a host of events and promotions planned for our clients. They include a second Paint & Sip fundraising party by popular request, an Argan spa special for pups whose fur coats require some extra TLC, a BOGO pool pass promotion for summer savings, and much more!

It’s also Adopt a Cat Month and at Purr’n Pooch we adore our feline friends and offer many services to accommodate their needs and care. Learn more >

Visit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals website for a list of organizations that focus on cat rescue and adoption >


Wednesday, June 3 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort, Tinton Falls
Uncork your inner artist! Join us for a fun beginner acrylic painting party to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for AnimalsNo prior art experience or drawing talents required. The 11″ x 14″ canvas will already be sketched out for you. You will be taught step-by-step how to create your own version of your pet and you will leave with a finished one-of-a-kind masterpiece of your own and a new talent you’ll want to grow. All painting supplies will be provided for your use, just bring your creativity and be prepared to have fun! Cost is $50 per painter.
Register now >

Friday, June 5 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ocean County Park, 659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood
Bring your best friend to enjoy a night of displays, vendors, demos and give-a-aways. This free event is sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Ocean County Parks & Recreation. Visit the Purr’n Pooch table for treats for your pup.

Tuesday, June 16 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, June 17 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pups in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on the playground as they celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in the month of June. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.


Enhance your dog’s daycare and boarding stay with mind stimulating games! Choose from agility, puzzles, scent work, or ball and retrieve games. The activity is held on Tuesdays and lasts approximately 30 minutes and the cost is $35. Add the service to any daycare or boarding stays.


Star Spinner, Treat Wheel and Kibble Drop puzzles by Kyjen are now available in our retail boutiques.Challenge your dog’s natural instincts and enrich his life with these fun puzzle games. Cost: $14 to $25



Treat your pup to a rejuvenating argan treatment. Argan shampoo and spray are rich in argan oil, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, adding luster and shine to dry, brittle coats. Teeth brushing included. $25 plus price of grooming or bath.



Buy one outdoor pool pass and get a second one free. Cost: $24 Group Pool Time and Playcare when boarding, $32 Individual Pool and Playcare when boarding.
June 19, 20 and 21 only.



June ~ Adopt-a-Cat Month
June 1 – 6 ~ Pet Appreciation Week
June 4 ~ Hug Your Cat Day
June 9 ~ World Pet Memorial Day
June 21 ~ Happy Father’s Day & First Day of Summer

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email

Agility for Fun & More! Join Us for Stress-free Training at Purr’n Pooch


Tuesdays starting May 26 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays starting May 28 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays starting May 28 ~ 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Classes run for six weeks; $200 + tax and are held at our Tinton Falls facility. An Easy Walk harness or Gentle Leader is given to Puppy and Mind Your Manners Class participants. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow. Please make sure all vaccinations are up to date: rabies, dhlpp and bordatella.

Contact to register or for more information.

Be With Your Dog When You Say I Do On Your Wedding Day

Be With Your Dog When You Say I Do On Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is in full swing, and this year you’re going to see more and more furry guests making appearances at ceremonies and receptions. You’ve probably already seen many engagement photos featuring pets – it’s definitely not uncommon these days! With 65% of households owning pets in the U.S., it’s no surprise that recently more couples are opting to include their best friends in their wedding ceremonies. Many people consider their pet to be their best friend or part of the family, so it only makes sense that more brides and grooms are taking part in this big day trend.

If you’re one of the lucky ones getting hitched this year or in the process of planning your wedding, consider inviting another member into your bridal party. It’s up to you how involved you’d like your pup to be. He can be a special guest of honor, walk down the aisle, and stand with the wedding party during the ceremony, or perhaps he could have a specific role, such as ring bearer or flower girl. Pictures with your pup is also something to consider – you’ll always want to remember those special moments!

Of course, there will be no need for you to worry about your pup’s agenda; we know you’ll have enough on your mind that day. You can put all worries aside about how your pup will look and who will assist him. The staff at Purr’n Pooch can handle, transport, groom and board your best friend for your special occasion. We’ll be prepping your pup before he makes his appearance and caring for him while you’re enjoying your first night as Mr. and Mrs., and also while you’re off on your honeymoon.

Purr’n Pooch offers several wedding packages to accommodate you and your pup for your special occasion.

Deluxe Wedding Package
Our newest great-room style suite with Direct TV, leather, memory foam couches (made for canines), classical music, daily daycare, pool time, a massage and a bath before the return home. Our guest will receive a berber sleeping blanket along with spring water.

This package is based on an either a one or two night stay and includes transportation to the location of your choice for pictures or just an appearance.

Standard Wedding Package
Our guest will enjoy their own sleeping quarters that has an adjoining indoor run. They will partake in our daycare, pool time, and will receive a bath before the return home.

This package is based on an either a one or two night stay and includes transportation to the location of your choice for pictures or just an appearance.

Honeymoon Package
With a choice of one of the above accommodations, this package is priced according to the length of your pets stay with us.

Celebration Package
Our Guest will be treated to a day of play, a bath and transportation to your desired location.

Wedding packages are done by our wedding concierge and are customized to your wedding party’s needs. To make an appointment, please call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays
The holiday season is a very special time of year, filled with joy and celebration. Decorations are everywhere, families gather together and gifts are exchanged. Typically, the gifts we give and receive are traditional or items like clothing, toys, games and household items. But what if Santa decides to bring a very special gift this year? One that can’t be placed in a box and wrapped with a bow. The kind of gift that won’t be forgotten about or replaced in a few months. What if Santa decides to place a new pet underneath your tree?

Welcoming a new dog or cat into your family can be very exciting, especially during such a cheerful and joyous occasion. But at the same time, it can also be hectic and stressful, especially if you are unprepared. Unlike other holiday gifts, a new pet takes a lot of forethought, planning and preparation. If your new pet is a holiday gift for your family, be sure everyone is on board and prepared for a new addition. Many animal organizations and shelters advise against giving pets as surprise gifts – owning a pet is personal decision that requires commitment and responsibility.

As long as everyone is ready for a new furry family member, this may be the best holiday gift you’ll ever receive (your pet will feel the same way!).

Here are 10 ways to  prepare for a new pet during the holidays.

  • Establish house rules with other members of your household before your new pet arrives. If you wish to restrict your pet from using your furniture, gently and consistently discourage him from doing so. Have a comfortable bed available for your pet and encourage him to use it as a place to relax.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of caring for your pet with other members of your household. Will there be a schedule for dog walking? Will someone feed him in the morning, while someone else feeds him at night? Will everyone be involved with training? If so, discuss the training techniques you’ll use in order to stay consistent.
  • Make training fun for your pet and it will be easier for him to learn. Maintain patience, compassion and respect. This will build confidence and make the training process fun for you both. Always view things from his point of view and you will build a bond with your pet and achieve fantastic results and a lifelong friendship.
  •  If you have children, discuss the dos and don’ts for interacting with your new pet. Jumping and yelling can cause a dog to get upset and sometimes snap, especially if he’s the nervous, so it’s best if your child stays as calm as possible around him, at least until he settles in. Cats prefer to be on the ground so let your child know not to carry your feline around the house. Your child should know not to approach your dog from behind, as it could frighten or startle him.
  • If adopting your pet, ask for his medical records. If your pet is a puppy or kitten, he should have been to a veterinarian at least once. He will also need to visit a veterinarian several times during his first year to receive vaccinations and twice a year after he’s one year old. You will need those vaccinations in order to board your pet while on vacation.
  • If you have other pets in your household, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good health before introducing your new pet.
  • Purchase the important items your new pet will need upon his arrival. A collar and leash, bowls, food and lots of toys and bones are all necessities. If he has toys of his own, he’ll be less likely to play with things that are off limits, like your personal items.  If a new feline friend will be joining your family, have scratching posts and perches available.
  • Just like small children, pets can be very curious. Keep them safe and out of trouble by pet-proofing your home. Place chemicals and harmful substances on high shelves or if they are in low cabinets, use childproof latches. Keep trash cans covered or hidden away. Look for holes and small nooks that your new pet could get himself into and block them. Keep any harmful food out of reach. Put away children’s toys and games, especially small ones that can cause choking. Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.
  • Upon your pet’s arrival, your house may have some holiday decorations that are hazardous to pets. Tinsel and ornaments, dangling lights, candles, gift wrap ribbon, chocolate, fat trimmings and bones from dinner, and certain nuts can all cause harm to your pet. Also, keep in mind that some holiday plants are poisonous. Christmas tree pine needles, holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to pets. Be sure to keep all these things away from your new pet, as well as other pets in your house.
  •  When your new pet arrives, try not to pay less attention to your other pets as they may get jealous. Introduce them, let them get to know each other and spend quality time together both outside enjoying walks, in the yard and inside playing with toys.
Bringing a pet into a home is a great joy and all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts hope to meet your new family member soon. Plan and prepare correctly and you’ll have started a beautiful friendship this holiday season.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France.

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic



Saturday, October 4, 2014
Race Starts 8:00 a.m.
Awards 9:30 a.m.
Pier Village ~ Long Branch, NJ

Get out those running shoes and mark your calendar for a great day seaside at the dog-friendly Pier Village to benefit animal charity!

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic   People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic


  • $30 per runner/walker, pre-registered
  • $35 on race day
  • All dogs are required to run or walk on leash
  • One dog per handler/runner please
  • Race is rain or shine


  • 6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Packet pick up on boardwalk of Festival Plaza at Pier Village, Long Branch and same day registration
  • 7:50 a.m. Welcome speeches and pre-race instructions
  • 8:00 a.m. Race begins
  • 9:30 a.m. Awards presented


  • 1st Overall Male and Female Runner
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall Male Runner/K9 Team
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall Female Runner/K9 Team


  • Course is flat along the boardwalk, out and back
  • Course closed to motor vehicles
  • Two water station set-ups
  • Tee shirts given to pre-registered runners and are subject to availability for same day registrants
  • Race event bags to all
  • Post race bagels and refreshments
  • Professional chip-timed course
  • Meter parking available

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic   People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic

People and Dogs Run/Walk for Animal Charity at 5K Canine Classic

Summer Fun at Purr’n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

The tail-wagging fun has yet to stop this summer! These past few months have been jam-packed with exciting activities and the pups and kitties are loving it – especially the mild temperatures, which have made outdoor playtime even more enjoyable.  We were curious to find out what your pets have been doing all summer long, so we held our “Paws” for Summer Fun Photo Contest from July 21 to August 10. We saw so many adorable pictures of pups lounging by the pool and on the porch; basking in the sun out in the backyard; cooling off in the shady garden; playing with the garden hose, Frisbees and chew toys; and taking a bubble bath to clean up from a long day of outdoor fun. Our furry friends just love to soak up the summer fun!

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreWhen your pets are not at home spending fun in the sun with you, they’re enjoying lots of summertime activities with us here at Purr’n Pooch. Splashing and paddling around in our freshwater pools is a favorite for the pups. This summer we added a new and exciting amenity to our Wall location – an indoor pool for aquatic water exercise. It’s already a hit! When it’s time to wind down, the pups relax in the shade on the playground or in our air conditioned suites. They also enjoy playing with KONG® toys filled with frozen peanut butter and treats. The kitties are purrfectly content basking in the sun near the windows and playing on the jungle gym, rock walls and waterfalls. We’ve celebrated quite a few birthdays and other special occasions with private and monthly parties, featuring Jodes Happy Tail yogurt treats for dessert – a sweet treat! On Saturdays, we have our training and agility classes, which take place both indoors and outdoors.

Book your pet’s summer fun with us soon! Our swimming pools are open through mid-September and sometimes longer depending on the weather.  Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100.

When your pet is not visiting Purr’n Pooch or at home playing in the backyard, take him or her out on the town! There’s plenty of dog friendly events happening around the area. Here are just a few in Monmouth County, NJ. Get out and enjoy the dog days of summer!


Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreDoggies get to romp and play in a large fenced outdoor area while Mom and Dad enjoy a cool drink at Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar, 5th & Ocean Aves. in Asbury Park, NJ! Hours are Monday and Friday: 5-10 p.m. (small dogs only), Wednesday and Thursday: 5-10 p.m. (all size dogs), Saturday and Sunday: 1-10 p.m. (all size dogs). There are swimming pools for the dogs, as well as an agility area and a special ‘time out’ area for those dogs who need a little time to unwind. This is a separate fenced-in area where the dog and their owner can spend some time getting used to Yappy Hour. Dogs must be neutered and have current rabies tag or dog license. There is dog security at all times to keep human and canine guests safe and comfortable. The Yappy Hour deck is restricted to customers 21 and over. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreRED BANK DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

On the third Tuesday of each month, dogs and owners congregate on Monmouth Street for an evening of shopping, dining and socializing with other pet owners. The last event of the summer will take place on August 19, 2014 from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. Monmouth Street will close from Broad to Drummond and feature take-out dining and dog-friendly activities hosted by local animal charities and businesses including Purr’n Pooch. Come visit our table! Red Bank Veterinary Hospital will also be on hand with water stations, cleanup areas, dog first aid, nutritionists and behaviorists. Dogs must be on a leash. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreLONG BRANCH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

Enjoy a day of live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafter and sponsor exhibits, an Alex and Ani Hospitality Tent, beachfront views, fireworks and activities for the entire family, including pups, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Great Lawn, 28 McKinley Ave. in Long Branch, NJ. The festival is rain or shine, dog friendly, free to the public, and all ages are welcome to attend. Learn more >

Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Many people are unaware that the Fourth of July is the most dangerous holiday for pets. According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. Thousands of pets are lost each holiday due to the big bangs of those spectacular but scary fireworks displays. These unexpected and loud noises put our pets in a spooked state of confusion causing them to run away from home by escaping out windows or fences.

Sadly, many cats and dogs are never returned to their owners because they lack identification like an i.d. tag or chip. Identification is key to being reunited safely with your pet.

There are, however, some things you can do to ensure your pet is relaxed and entertained during the fireworks. Read more about them on our post, “Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks”. The article highlights pet games as well as treats, toys and accessories. Available at our retail stores, the Thundershirt, for example, can help ease anxiety in pets and distract them from those big bangs and have them concentrating more on big fun with the family.

Most importantly, it’s vital that you know the days and times when your community is going to host its celebrations so you can either protect your pet in the comfort of your home or make accommodations to board your dog or cat at your local pet care facility.

Here’s a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays to prepare you and your pet for fireworks all summer long:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 4 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 3 at 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 3 at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Brick Summerfest: July 3 at 7:00 pm – July 4 at 10:00 pm
  • Asbury Park Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest & Fireworks: July 4 at 10:45 am – 10:30 pm
  • West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 4 at 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean City July 4th: July 4 at 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm


  • Wildwood has fireworks on the Beach every Friday night in July and August.
  • Point Pleasant offers fireworks displays each Thursday in July and August.
  • Seaside Heights has Wednesday fireworks from June through September.
  • Asbury Park has a fireworks show each Wednesday night of the summer.

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun at Purr'n Pooch

Does your dog’s lifestyle resemble that of the Furry & Fabulous? If so you must be sure to celebrate in style with our professional pet party planners at Purr’n Pooch. From small intimate gatherings for the concerned canine to full scale all out fur flying fun, Purr’n Pooch has you covered.

According to the most recent American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 7% of U.S. dog owners have a holiday or birthday party for their pet. Just ask any of the party animals at Purr’n Pooch and they’ll agree paws down pet parties are a growing trend!

In 2011 pet expert Arden Moore partnered with Pet Sitters International to create National Dog Party Day in conjunction with Take Your Dog to Work Day. This year the event grew to have four host cities that vowed to “work like a dog by day and party like a pup at night” all to benefit worthy pet adoption groups.

Looking to throw a canine celebration of your own? You can count on the experts at Purr’n Pooch to guide you from start to finish by first scheduling a consultation to get your party planning headed in the right direction. If you’re new to throwing a bow wow good time for your friend, the staff at Purr’n Pooch can help you step by step with selecting a theme, invites, decorations, custom cake, specialty teats, goody bags and entertainment.

Purr’n Pooch is able to accommodate any party, indoors or outdoors, depending on the season and your needs. Parties start at $275 and while there is no limit to party size with two or four-legs, it is best to have an accurate guest count so that we arrange for adequate staff to be on-hand to aid in all party goers having a tail-wagging good time.

While a birthday is always a great time to get together, the celebration doesn’t have to be the only special day in the life of your best friend. Consider hosting an Adoptaversary for the rescue pet, Bark Mitzvah, Holiday or Pool Pawty to splurge on your canine companion. There are always the milestone moments like when a young pup graduates from basic training or a puppy/kitten shower to welcome the new addition into the family.

However, perhaps the most important day in the life of any doggie diva is her wedding day! This was evident when Baby Hope walked down the aisle in the world’s most expensive dog wedding last July in NYC. This fancy affair was all to raise funds and awareness for animal welfare with mother of the bride pet lifestyle expert Wendy Diamond hosting a contest through Animal Fair Magazine to find the debonair dog groom. However, most puptials can just be about the ceremony of joining paws in holy muttrimony and the howling good time at the reception.

While all of these party ideas can also be arranged for your fancy feline it is best to keep the guest list to only human party goers – as most cats command the attention of the room.

Get ready to have a dog gone good time with your best friend or a purrfect feline function by booking your next pawty at Purr’n Pooch. Call us at (732) 842-4949 in Tinton Falls or (732) 528-8100 in Wall to schedule an appointment with one of our pet party planners.