Many dogs freak out during fireworks displays and thunderstorms and will try to escape your home or yard. It is worth the effort to secure screen doors and gates, check for places the dog can slip through, and block them. Some dogs will make sophisticated efforts to escape. If your pet does manage to escape, here are some important numbers you should have:
Bloomfield Police (24-hr. non-emergency) 973-680-4141, Bloomfield Animal Shelter 973-748-0194.
Glen Ridge Police 973-748-5400; Glen Ridge will soon be using Bloomfield Animal Control again.
Montclair Police 973-744-1234, Montclair Animal Shelter 973-744-8600
East Orange Police 973-266-5000, Newark Associated Humane 973-824-7080 (used by several towns in Essex County)
If you are in or near an Essex County Park such as Brookdale, Watsessing or Branchbrook, the Sheriff will need to be called 973-621-4111; Associated Humane 973-824-7080 (also used by the County).
If you are in the county parks, your first call should be to the Essex County Sheriff as they have jurisdiction in the parks.