Doggone-It Daycare is welcoming dogs for as little as five dollars to encourage pet owners to get their dogs out of the heat. This comes after a man brought a struggling stray dog to her daycare a week ago.
"I know that some dogs aren't making it," said Debbie Saunders of Doggone-It Daycare. "So I would watch anybody's dog right now for five dollars during the day, and if they can't do the five dollars, a donation or whatever."
Similarly, Tulsa's SPCA has received more calls than usual for cruelty inspections this summer. It explained Thursday that Oklahoma law requires pet owners to give dogs access to shade, food, and water if they are outside. However, it said, many dogs cannot safely stay outside. It is important to monitor your dog's breathing in the heat. If it is panting heavily, it is important to get your dog to a cooler location.
SPCA lets its dogs outside for a few hours everyday while staff cleans their crates. It said it provides dogs with shade and large water containers where the dogs can cool off. Executive Director Lori Hall said her staff often fills liter-sized soda containers with frozen water and places them in the water containers to keep the water cold.
SPCA said between 20 and 30 percent of the dogs it is currently holding turned up this summer, and the heat is a big part of that.
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