A community effort dedicated to raising awareness of weather-related harm to animals.
Within minutes, even mild weather can become fatal to unattended pets. Pets are safest at home. Whenever you see the Be Pet Aware sign, it will be a reminder to consider your furry friends. Seasonal attributes such as hot weather, fireworks, sunshine, ticks, snow, cold weather, rain, and more can affect our little ones. The goal of Be Pet Aware is to bring awareness to these issues.
IMPORTANT: If you are dealing with a dog or cat in distress trapped in a hot car, immediately call 911 and then the London Humane Society at 519-451-0630. Record the license plate, make and model of the car and then immediately go into the store or business and see if anyone can make an announcement with the information you have. Time is important as it only takes minutes for a car to warm up to life threatening temperatures.
We are currently asking business owners to donate parking spaces to the Be Pet Aware movement for 2017.
Members of Neighbourhood Pet Clinic will come to the business and paint the parking spaces for FREE. We are also asking businesses to display window stickers on the doors or store windows (download our window sign here). These efforts are to remind shoppers to never leave their pets in a parked car while running errands.
Last year, we gained the support of over sixteen businesses, and London Parking Division has agreed to donate all of their paid parking lots throughout the city! As a result of the large volume of parking lots, we are asking for volunteers to help us finish parking lots this spring (2017). Call the clinic at 519-649-0080 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The following article and video links will educate pet owners and even non pet owners on how to help keep all furry family members safe this summer!
Two important videos on interior car temperatures and how fast they rise on normal summer days
A US veterinarian spends time in a car during the summer, watch his experience and learn how quickly it becomes dangerous. watch video
A clear example of warming temperatures in the interior of a car. watch video
Hot cars and your pets
Your pet should never be left alone in a car on a hot day; even if the windows are cracked, it could take as little as 15 minutes for the heat to reach fatal temperature. This article explains what you should do if a little one is in a car on a hot day. A hot day can be only 72 degrees or 20 Celsius which I am sure many of you would think is not that warm. Please make sure you call the police (911) and London Humane Society if you see a situation like this, their number is 519-451-0630. view article
There are legal implications when a pet is left in a car
It is against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal. Under the Ontario SPCA Act, OSPCA investigators have the authority of a police officer when enforcing those laws pertaining to animals. The Act permits the investigator to issue a written order to the owner of the animal or to take the necessary steps to relieve the animal from distress. Non-compliance of an OSPCA order may result in the animal being removed from private property (including parked vehicles). view article
This article has everything you need to know about your pets and heat stroke; from the signs and symptoms,to what to do and how to prevent it. view article
Summer heat and health hazards for pets
The following link will lead you to an archive of different articles about keeping your pet safe in the sun. Articles include “Water on the Go for Active Dogs”, “Summer Fun – Summer Safety” and many more informational reads. view article