NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fourth of July celebrations are usually fun for people, but can be scary for their furry friends. That’s why animal welfare groups are urging pet owners to take steps to keep their pets safe this holiday week.

Fourth of July fireworks and crowded events can be stressful for some pets, increasing their chances of running away and getting lost.

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“With a little planning, pet owners can enjoy the festivities and be reassured that their companion animals are kept safe and stress-free,” said Julie Bank, Animal Care & Control executive director.

Below are some tips to keep your pets safe while celebrating Independence Day:

  • If you are going to see live fireworks displays, leave pets at home. The crowds, commotion and loud sounds can be stressful. Dogs in stressful situations may also bite.
  • Make sure your pets are safely at home in a quiet, secure area and provide them with familiar toys, blankets or beds. A crate or a room will help keep dogs and cats who want to be left alone happy.
  • If you and your pet are invited to an Independence Day picnic or BBQ celebration, remember that alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets, so never leave your beverage unattended.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car, even with the windows rolled down. In just a matter of minutes, temperatures inside a parked car can reach dangerous levels.
  • Never leave dogs outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a tie-out. A fearful dog may become entangled, risking choking or death. In their fear, pets that normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and get lost.
  • Always make sure that your pets have appropriate and current identification so if they do get lost, they can be quickly returned.
  • If you lose a pet or find a lost pet in New York City, visit

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