Classic FM teams up with RSPCA for special programme to calm pets on Bonfire Night
A special radio programme is returning to Classic FM to help pets stay calm on Bonfire Night.
The show will be filled with classical music to help keep anxious pets – and their owners – calm and relaxed while firework displays are taking place.
Loud bangs and bright lights can be very scary for pets, recently, a survey by the RSPCA revealed that two-thirds (63%) of animal owners reported that their pet was distressed when fireworks were going off.
Playing relaxing music was the most common way (36%) to help calm or prepare their animal, along with taking their animal elsewhere (29%).
Many kennels and rehoming centres use the power of classical music to decrease stress levels amongst their animals.
This year, Classic FM is once again teaming up with the RSPCA to create two Pet Classics programmes and curate the music.
Both shows will be packed with the most soothing and comforting classical music, handpicked by Classic FM to help calm and settle any anxious pets.
Pet Classics will be hosted by Classic FM presenter Charlotte Hawkins, and alongside the music will feature dedications to listeners’ pets as well as advice from the RSPCA for any owners looking to reassure their animals.
In addition to Pet Classics, Classic FM has created a playlist of peaceful classical music for the nation’s pets, which is available anytime on Global Player.
Charlotte Hawkins said: “I am so thrilled to be hosting Pet Classics again this year, as it’s such a special show.”
“I’ve seen first-hand from my dog just how difficult a time it can be for pets during the fireworks, but it’s amazing the difference relaxing music can have in helping to calm and soothe animals.”
“We had such an overwhelming response to Pet Classics last year, it was so good seeing the impact the music made to pets up and down the country.”
“We were sent photos of dogs, cats, birds, horses and even a chilled-out iguana… so I’m looking forward to people joining in again this year and sending me lots of photos of their calm pets!”
RSPCA Chief Inspector Clare Dew said: “We know fireworks are a source of stress for animals each year, and that owners can really struggle with knowing what to do for the best.”
“It’s one of the reasons we are delighted to partner with Classic FM on their Pet Classics programmes, as studies show that calming music can be beneficial for some animals during this time.”
“I’d suggest keeping your home as quiet as possible, shutting the curtains, creating a safe haven with blankets and a favourite toy for your pet, sticking the radio on and having a chill out evening.”
“We’d also encourage people holding displays to be mindful of animals who live outside.”
“My own rescue dog Frank struggles at this time of year and he finds it reassuring to know we are there at home with him, so that’s where I’ll be this year.”
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