SPCA: Tips For The HeatPosted: Updated:
When it gets this hot it's rough on everyone -- including our pets.
Jefferson County SPCA operations manager Katelynn Drohan outlines some of the dangers for this time of year.
She also brought Fury with her. The 3 month old kitten is missing an eye, but that doesn't slow her down.
She's been spayed and checked over by the vet, so she's ready for a new home.
One of the things to watch out for in high temperatures is how hot asphalt is. Drohan says you should put your hand on the ground for seven seconds to see if it's safe for your pet. asphalt can be so hot it can burn your pet's paws.
Hot cares are another danger. It doesn't take long for a car's internal temperature to reach dangerous levels.
With the Fourth of July coming up, there's also the problem of fireworks, which can scare many pets. There's a 38 percent increase in runaway pets around the Fourth because they panic and run off.
It's a good idea to try to drown out or at least muffle the noise by playing a TV or a radio.
For more information on adopting an animal, volunteering, or becoming a member, call the shelter at 315-782-3260.