Nebraska-Based Animal Rescue Organization Offers Five Tips to Keep Pets Safe this Fourth of July 
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Nebraska-Based Animal Rescue Organization
 Offers Five Tips to
Keep Pets Safe this Fourth of July

The STAR Project Reminds Owners to Protect Pets This Independence Day

Lincoln, Neb. (July X, 2016) – The STAR Project, a Nebraska-based nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing animals at high risk of unnecessary euthanasia and dispelling breed stereotypes, is reminding pet owners to keep animals safe on the Fourth of July.
“At The STAR Project, we often take in dogs who have been wandering the streets and are in dire need of food, shelter and medical help,” said Jenn Sanchez, president of The STAR Project. “Because many dogs are fearful of loud noises like fireworks and can go missing or get hurt over the Fourth of July, we want to encourage pet owners to take precautions to make sure their furry friends stay safe during holiday celebrations.”
The STAR Project suggests five tips to ensure animal safety during Fourth of July festivities:
  • Don’t take pets to see the fireworks: While fireworks shows are fun for people, they are scary for pets. The loud noises created by fireworks often startle pets, causing them to run and try to hide. Dogs and cats can go missing at fireworks shows, so it is best to leave pets at home.
  • Keep pets inside: With all the excitement of the holiday, many pets are frightened and overwhelmed. Keep animals indoors in a space they find comforting. Crates and bathrooms without windows are great options. Remember to give pets a bed or towels, food and water.
  • Don’t leave pets in cars: According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), thousands of animals die each year of heatstroke and suffocation after being left alone in vehicles. The ASPCA says temperatures inside a parked car can reach 120 degrees in just 30 minutes when the outside temperature is just 85. If you see an animal unattended in a vehicle, call 911 or animal control and wait with the pet until help arrives.
  • Avoid alcohol and some foods: You might feel tempted to offer your pet a treat on the Fourth of July, but alcohol and some foods are poisonous for pets. Chocolate, alcohol, raisins, grapes, beer, wine and other alcohol are all extremely dangerous. Give your pets treats designed for them instead of holiday hot dogs or hamburgers.
  • Microchip pets and update identification: Microchips are chips with unique codes that identify your pet. Veterinarians insert the chips under your pet's skin, and scan strays for chips, often reuniting them with their owners. Make sure to register your pet’s microchip with your information and ensure tags have up-to-date phone numbers and addresses. If your pet disappears, animals with proper identification are more likely to find their owners.  
Should your pet go missing or should you find a lost pet, contact your local city shelter or other organization dedicated to helping lost pets:

The STAR Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing change to the lives of animals who are at risk for unnecessary euthanasia, have suffered abuse and neglect, deemed special needs, rapidly deteriorating in the shelter or facing breed discrimination. The STAR Project provides foster homes, medical care and training to dogs as they await forever homes. Named for Star, a dog who survived being shot by a police officer on the streets of New York City, The STAR Project offers help and advocacy to animals nationwide. Learn more about The STAR Project at

Media Contact: 
Michelle Gilliam
Point Taken Communications

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