For Immediate Release
Media Contact (June 30-July 1): Michelle
Phone: (414) 431-6104
Contact (July 2-3): Michele Tegen
Phone: (414) 431-6221
Fido and Fluffy
– Fireworks, community parades, picnics
and plenty of mosquitoes are a part of many Fourth
of July festivities. As Wisconsinites celebrate
the anniversary of America 's independence, the
Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind companion
animal guardians of several tips to help keep Fido
and Fluffy safe, including:
People who attend fireworks displays
typically enjoy the loud, sudden noises and bright
colors associated with the display. However, most
animals do not enjoy the noises and brightness and
in fact are frightened by them. It is recommended
to leave Fido and Fluffy at home.
Many animals who hear loud noises run
away and hide. Even leashed dogs can become frightened
and break away from their family. Make sure your
companion animals have identification on their collars.
Name and license tags as well as microchips allow
people to return a stray animal to the guardian.
The Wisconsin Humane Society recommends
that companion animals be kept safely indoors in
familiar and comfortable surroundings during the
fireworks display. Never leave companion animals
outside and unattended as they may become frightened,
injure themselves or break loose and run away.
If your furry friend is seriously distressed
by loud noises such as the rumble of motorcycles
or thunder, talk with your veterinarian prior to
July 4. He or she can provide recommendations about
how to reduce your animal's fear and anxiety during
the fireworks display.
NEVER leave your companion animal in
a car – it can quickly heat up to fatal temperatures.
Your companion animal may also become destructive
when he or she is frightened by loud noises.
more information about the Wisconsin Humane Society,
(414) ANIMALS or visit www.wihumane.org.
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Opportunity : Ben Franklin, also known
as Benny the dog, is the Wisconsin Humane Society's
official mascot for Fourth of July animal safety.
He is available for photos modeling his Fourth of
July bandana, harness and identification tags.
July is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month *****