Valium, earmuffs for dogs to cope with rock music

Valium, earmuffs for dogs to cope with rock music

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is so concerned about the well-being of its 150 furry residents that executive director Sara Davidson also is considering noise-reducing earmuffs for the animals.

The shelter sits on wooded land flanked near an airport where the weekend-long “Music to Know Festival” is expected to draw 6,000 fans daily on August 13 and 14.

Featured artists include Ellie Goulding, the British pop singer who performed for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as the Tom Tom Club and the band Vampire Weekend. Along with the possibility of tranquilizers and earmuffs, soothing classical music will be pumped through the kennels to drown out the rock music din, Davidson said.

“The veterinarian will make the determination if any animals are reacting adversely to the sound (of the rock festival),” Davidson said.

“She will make the determination of what, if any, medication they need. Valium is given to animals that are experiencing nervous conditions.”

The festival was originally planned for the wealthy village of Amagansett before complaints and a lawsuit caused the concert to be moved to an old runway at the East Hampton Airport, said organiser Chris Jones.

Even in its new location, the music festival has been generating complaints about possible snaking traffic, blaring music and mounds of litter for months.
But worries about the dire effect rock music will have on the dogs and cats seem a bit of a stretch, Jones said.

“The animal shelter is literally 50 metres away from the main runway at the airport,” he said. “So you literally have a G-5 engine that flies to England taking off 50 yards from the animal shelter. I don’t think there’s going to be noise anywhere near the animal shelter other than noise from the airplanes.”

Davidson said the animals are used to the roar of jet engines but could be disturbed having to listen to rock and roll from 10 am to 10 pm two nights in a row.
“What we don’t know is how the animals are going to react to amplification and the low base line,” she said.

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