This is SPCA’s shop manager Sandra Lovering’s key message to pet owners on the island at the start of the New Year.
She says while dogs, especially, love to take a ride in a car or truck with their owners, it is not recommended at this time of the year.
“A car will heat up so quickly and if they only have a little gap of window (to get air), that’s just not enough to keep them cool and safe.”
She says it’s better to leave your pets at home or if you must take them out, tie them to a tree in the shade with some water.
Water should be paramount, Lovering says.
“Even if you take your pets to the beach, take some water for them”. Riding on the back of a truck can be fun for dogs, but then if you park up in the blazing sun, that can be dangerous for them. Always find some shade and leave them with some water, she says.
She also points out that water bowls should be placed against a wall so that they can’t easily be knocked over and dogs should be tied so they can’t get tangled and unable to reach their water.
If larger animals such as goats, pigs, horses and cattle are tethered, they also need to be moved regularly and supplied with water and shade, Lovering adds.
The SPCA has recently seen four dogs go to good homes and have more dogs that need placement. See profiles of the animals at the Te Are Manu veterinary clinic and at the SPCA hut at the Punanga Nui market.
If you see an animal that needs help, phone the SPCA’s animal welfare staff on 73362 or 25097