British station targets ‘terrified cats & dogs’ during fireworks season
Classic FM’s popular Pet Sounds will return this year to help anxious pets and their owners during the loud fireworks season that happens in November.
The feature, now in its third year, is hosted by weekend presenter and dog-owner Bill Turnbull.
It will air during Guy Fawkes Night on November 5, with a second program on November 7.
Turnbull said he will play a selection of soothing and relaxing music, specially curated to help calm the nerves of the nation’s pets.
There will also be dedications to listeners’ pets and advice from the RSPCA for any owners looking to reassure their animals.
“While fireworks season will be very different this year without the major events, many pets will still be scared by the smaller fireworks displays in gardens,” Turnbull said.
“I’m thrilled to host Classic FM’s Pet Sounds again, which will relax even the most terrified cats and dogs this November.
“Since the program launched in 2018, we have had the most incredible response, with hundreds of messages from listeners who have found Classic FM to be the perfect sanctuary during this stressful time.
“I can’t wait to welcome back our furry fans and hopefully comfort some new ones, as we play the best soothing and calming music. It’s one of my favourite evenings of the year.”
Fireworks are an also inevitable part of Australia Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations and, while they are lots of fun for most people, a lot of animals are terrified of the noise.
But as yet, Australia hasn’t seen a station dedicated to our furry friends during major events.