Remember pet safety in the hot summer months

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Summer is here, the weather is getting nice and we are spending more time outside with our family and pets.

Since dogs are part of the family we like to take them with us as much as possible. Some dogs really enjoy car rides and we like to oblige them by loading them up in the car and taking them for a ride. But if you are going someplace where you can’t take them inside with you then the best and safest place for them is at home.

Hundreds of dogs get sick or die from heatstroke every year, because they are left in hot cars. In just 10 minutes the temperature in your vehicle can rise 10 degrees. On a 70 degree day the internal temperature of a vehicle can rise to 99 degrees after just 20 minutes. So if you’re going out to run errands leave your dog home where they are safe.

Also when you are out taking a stroll with your dog on a hot day, be mindful of the temperature of the surfaces you are walking on. A dog’s paw pads are not indestructible, like your skin they can burn if they get too hot. Try to stay on grassy areas and avoid going out during the hottest part of the day, maybe try early morning or evenings after the pavement has cooled down.

If you are looking for a dog or cat add to your family, stop in at the Humane Society of Rome and meet some wonderful adoptable animals who are looking for someone to share their love with. Here are a couple of animals who are waiting to meet you:

Say hello to Duke. He is a 2-year-old lab mix. He came into the shelter in mid-April. Duke has had only one owner his entire life. He was surrendered to us because his owners were moving and they couldn’t take him with them.

He has lived with kids ranging from ages 2 and up, also lived with dogs and cats, who he seemed to get along well with. He is a registered emotional support animal and was brought into the shelter with documentation stating this. An emotional support animal is a type of animal that provides comfort to help relieve a symptom or effect of a person’s disability. The shelter would like to find Duke a good home that will last for the rest of his life. If you would like to meet Duke, please schedule an appointment with the shelter staff.

Meet Coco. She is a beautiful tri-colored kitty that really likes to have her head petted. If you put your head next to her, she will rub her head with yours. One of her favorite things to do is play fetch with her favorite fuzzy ball. She promises to be a model companion in a home with adults or older kids but she should be the only pet. It takes her a little while to warm up to someone but once she does, her new owner will be rewarded with 100 percent love and affection. If you would like to setup a visit to meet Coco, please call the shelter.

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