Ashley And Kate: Rescued From A Terrible Fate

A combination of a sweltering heat wave plus the potential for a terribly abusive situation made for a very timely rescue and two very happy young dogs. Randy found the girls, now named Ashley and Kate Olsen, in a cluttered, abandoned back yard and unable to escape the rising summer temperatures because they were trapped in a crate with no water. Sadly, another dog, which was thought to be tethered, escaped before she could be rescued. The vacant, suspicious house showed telltale signs of trouble, and Randy even suspects that these poor pups were likely in danger of being bait dogs for dogfighting. We shudder to think what fate may have been for Ashley and Kate, but we're thankful Stray Rescue made it to them in time!

Check out the video below to see what sort of conditions they were living in. And do you think they were thirsty?!...

Summer is not going quietly, and the scorching St. Louis heat and humidity is on the rise.  This is an awfully dangerous time for the companion animals out on the hot streets. You can keep hope alive for those who are still waiting to be rescued by donating to the Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, by clicking the icon below. Right now, every single cent you donate to The Stracks Fund will be doubled through the Tim Ream $10,000 Matching Gift Campaign!

And please remember to keep your four-legged friends safe when it's hot out. By taking simple precautions and adhering to the following tips this summer, you will keep your pets out of harm’s way.

  • Keep your pet indoors in an air-conditioned area
  • If your pet must be outdoors for a portion of the time, provide an adequately shaded area and plenty of fresh water at all times.
  • Companion animals with shorter muzzles, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke because they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with seniors, overweight dogs and cats, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool indoors as much as possible.
  • Never leave a pet in a parked car, even with the window cracked. Temperatures inside a car can reach well over 100 degrees within minutes and be fatal to your dog or cat. If you see someone elses pet locked in a car during hot weather, call the police immediately.
  • Don’t let your pooch slouch and lay down on the hot asphalt. Sensitive paws can burn and their bodies can heat up extra quick. Make sure to keep walks in hot weather to a minimum.
  • Exercise your dog in the early morning or late evening, when temperatures and pavement are cooler.
  • Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, increased heart and respiratory rates, drooling, sluggishness, or even collapse. Seek veterinary care immediately if you notice these symptoms.

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