Pet reactions to the presidential alert

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Trump’s presidential alert spooked all the doggos

Dogs and cats had terrified reactions to the push alert.


Nahila Bonfiglio

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 4, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 4:57 am CDT

Trump’s first presidential alert was blasted to American phones across the country starting at 2:18pm ET on Wednesday. It made a sound similar to that of an Amber alert, screeching through speakers and startling people, and their animals, over a 30-minute period.

The reaction to the message, which read “Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” was swift. #PresidentialAlert was trending on Twitter in minutes, and people started sharing their reactions, and those of their pets, to the alert.

People shared stories, and in many cases photos, of their terrified pets, reacting to the sound emanating from phone speakers. One photo shows an obviously spooked dog named Daisy, who’s owner demanded an apology.

@MelikaNoKaOi tweeted that every dog in her neighborhood started barking during the alert, and @EllenBookstore tweeted that their dog “started running back & forth between the 2 phones wondering what was happening. Finally he decided maybe it meant he should answer the door! Bark! Bark!”

Some users shared photos of their animal’s faces in the moments after the alert startled them, while others shared stories of reactions with a photo of the alert itself.

Cats weren’t fond of the alert either. Twitter users shared photos of angry, confused, or scared kitties reacting to the loud sounds.

@AngelaMDiLoreto tweeted that it took some time to calm her dog after the alert, but that she understood the need for it because “I have zero traditional media near me right now.”

We have not yet heard when the next test will happen, but a 2015 law states that a test must happen at least once every three years, according to Inverse. That means we can expect to see—and hear—one again after the 2020 election. Maybe next time pet owners will be more prepared for the effect it will have on their fur-babies.

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*First Published: Oct 4, 2018, 10:27 am CDT