Happy Stars and Stripes Fourth of July holiday from the staff and volunteers at Second Chance Pet Rescue in Grove.

Meet Scooter, a beautiful Aussie/St. Bernard mix who is about one year old.

She is a very sweet and loving young lady who just wants someone to spend some time with her and give her a loving home.

If you are ready to give this beautiful girl a little of your time, Scooter can become a part of your life and your heart forever. 

The Fourth of July is a holiday full of so many wonderful things - warm weather, pools, boating on Grand Lake, barbecues, and fireworks.

But many of these same things can be dangerous for our pets. Here are safety tips from Second Chance Pet Rescue that will help you and your pet have a fun and accident-free Independence Day:

1. Leave your Pet at Home! The safest place for your pet is safely inside your home, not in your noisy backyard, or in a crowded, unfamiliar park.

The resulting panic due to fireworks may make them run away or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

Locking them in the car should NOT be an option. Your pet may suffer heat stroke, organ failure, or even brain injury from the heat.

2. Provide a Safe Spot from Loud Noises. Whether it's a closet or a crate, it's good for pets to have a "go to" place for relaxing or hiding away.

However, if a crate creates more anxiety, or if your pet isn't acclimated to a crate, it should not be used. A crate is more effective if your dog has grown up using a crate, not as a last resort for confinement.

3. NEVER EVER use Fireworks Around Pets. While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, unused fireworks can be hazardous too.

Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

4. Have your Pet Properly Identified. Proper identification may be the only way to retrieve your pet should he/she manage to break loose and become lost.

Consider fitting your pet with a microchip, ID tag, or other popular method of identification. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pet in case you have to put up "Lost Pet" signs.

5. Keep Emergency Contact Information Handy. Very important. Keep the contact information for your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital handy just in case your dog or cat has a medical emergency.

Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake is located on Highway 10, two miles east of the stoplight at Third and Main, in Grove.

Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. After hour appointments are available at 918-786-7630.

For more information, to adopt a pet, or to make a donation, persons interested may call 918-786-7630 or email hsgrove@att.net, follow the group on Facebook at http://bit.ly/secondchancepetrescuegrandlake, or visit http://doitforthepets.com. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 451205, Grove, OK., 74345.