Keep your pets hydrated during summer months
THE countdown is now on with only six weeks to go until our Summer Fair – I hope you have it listed in your diary, as this is going to be an event not to be missed with lots of fun and games for the whole family.
We can’t forget those four-legged friends either, as we will be holding our annual Fun Dog Show at this same event.
This includes classes for the best six legs, most handsome dog, prettiest bitch and my personal favourite, best rescue, plus many more.
Dogs are welcome to our Summer Fair free of charge as usual and also new for this year, kids go free!
The entry donation for each adult is £2, which probably makes our Summer Fair the most family affordable event in the area.
Don’t forget to get your hands on our raffle tickets, with the chance to win an Acer 10ins tablet or tickets to Southport Air Show and Southport Flower Show; you would be mad not to!
Tickets can be purchased from reception at the animal centre or new for this year, online.
Simply donate £1 (per ticket) via our Just Giving page to purchase your ticket at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/summerfairraffle. We wish everyone the best of luck. All money raised from the raffle and on the day will go directly back into caring for the animals at the animal centre.
Here at the animal centre we have been enjoying the hot weather recently, but some of the animals do struggle in the heat.
To help them keep cool, we have been making sure that all our dogs stay hydrated.
In our paddocked areas we have put out small paddling pools for the dogs to play in, and on all our walks we take out water bottles so they have a drink.
It’s important to remember dogs cannot sweat like us humans and they can get sunburnt, so as responsible owners we must ensure they are kept safe in the warmer weather especially as we head into summer.
On hot days we advise dog owners to walk their dogs either first thing or later on in the evening, when the heat is not at its maximum and the pavements are cooler for the dogs’ paws to walk on.
We also advise that you take water out with you and keep your dog hydrated.
Many shops sell clip-on water bottles and these are very handy as most have a little clip on bowl for the dog to use.
Also the national RSPCA (0300 1234 999) receive a lot of calls from worried members of the public about dogs who have been left in hot cars.
Unfortunately dogs have died due to being left in hot vehicles.
The best advice we can offer is to simply leave your dog at home, where they will have more space to move around and will be much cooler.
Having the window cracked open doesn’t provide enough cool air for the dogs and they get hot very quickly.
If you do find a dog left in a car on a hot day and you are concerned, please look at the dog and consider whether they are showing any signs of heatstroke?
Signs include: panting heavily, drooling excessively, appearing lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, appearing to have vomited or even collapsed.
If you think any of the above apply, then we advise you ring 999 and report it to the police.
The police will come out and if they feel they need to get the dog out the car, they can and will do so.
To end this week’s article I would like to talk about the cats – we seem to have a lot of black cats currently looking for homes.
Black cats tend to take longer to be adopted then other colours.
We can’t understand why, as they are just as lovely.
Currently we have Betty, Twiggy, Sooty, Bear, Sergio and Chico.
If you have room in your heart for a black cat, please consider one of ours.
We are open 11am-3.30pm for supervised viewings every day except Wednesdays, when we stay closed to the public.
If you have any questions regarding any of our animals don’t hesitate to ask.
Please view our cats and their information at www.rspca-southport.org.uk.
Above, Twiggy wants a new home
Left, Bear is another of our black cats who want to be taken in
Right, RSPCA branch manager Paul Gibson at a previous fundraiser – it is six weeks to the next Summer Fair