By Betsey Mullen Everett Animal Shelter volunteer
Editor’s note: The Everett Animal Shelter will be adding regular contributions to the Fur &Feathers blog.
Did you ever wonder what it’s like to work or help out at the Everett Animal Shelter? We are the people at the counter when you come in, the people helping in the viewing areas, and the people you don’t see, who work behind the scenes to keep animals fed, clean and happy.
We are employees and volunteers, and we are all committed to returning lost animals to their owners, caring for abandoned and unwanted animals and helping the animals in our care find their forever homes. Through this blog we will be sharing the funny, touching, strange and wonderful adventures we have at the Everett Animal Shelter.
We hope this blog will also become a resource for you as we share information on a wide variety of animal-related topics. To get started, here are a few tips to help your pet through the last dregs of summer:
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly in the summer heat. Your dog needs at least 1 ounce of water for every pound they weigh. That means a 40-pound dog needs 40 ounces of water per day!
- Never leave your pet in a car. Even a few minutes can turn your car into a furnace. With an outside temperature of 90 degrees, your car’s interior heats up quickly: 109 degrees in 10 minutes; 119 degrees in 20 minutes; 124 degrees in 30 minutes. Leaving windows open will not help keep the car cooler.
- Hot asphalt can heat your dog up quickly and burn your dog’s food pads. Minimize walk times during peak heat hours. Flat-nosed dogs like pugs and overweight dogs are more prone to heat stroke.
Learn more about the Everett Animal Shelter. Plan a visit, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out all of our adoptable pets. And be sure to watch our featured Pet of the Week on the Everett Channel.