The Heat Is Taking Its Toll: The Rescue of Junior and Heat Tips!

I just rescued this little boney guy this morning. He lay without moving for 24hours, he has heat stroke.  Luckily I was able to get him back to Stray Rescue’s Trauma Center and the vet team worked their miracles. I named my new buddy, Junior. He wouldn't even take a hot dog he was so scared and sick. The scared ones always break my heart. You wonder why they were dumped.


In fact it is just after 2pm and all three rescue teams have been hopping saving lives today. Dogs don’t do well at all in the heat so please tell everyone you know to bring them inside with you in an air-conditioned home. If you can’t afford air-conditioning contact


Every year I see so many horrific suffering dogs from the heat or worse, death.


  • -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.

The scorching St. Louis summer heat is incredibly dangerous to homeless companion animals, and thanks to your generosity and support, we've been able to save many lives. You can keep hope alive for those who are still waiting to be rescued by donating to the Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund. All donations are currently being matched up to $70,000!

Love and woof,



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