Faces of Summer

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.

Make a direct impact and provide hope for these wonderful animals by clicking the donate button above.

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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