August 03, 2006 14:50 ET

SPCA: It's The Last Thing You Should Do!

Heat Also Affects Animals!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2006) - Each summer sees dogs and cats left all alone in cars to face preventable and unnecessary deaths. Even if you leave your car for just "a few minutes" with your car windows slightly open, the temperature inside your car can easily reach and even exceed 50 degrees Celsius due to the recent hot days. That's burning hot! Household pets do not transpire the same way humans do: people sweat, dogs pant. They do so to cool themselves. If the air gets too warm for them, it could cause some brain damage and, eventually, lead to death by suffocation in a very short while.

If you have to take your animal with you in your car, take a trustworthy person along with you, who could, while waiting for your return, keep an eye on your dog, get it into the shade, take it for a walk, but most of all give it some water.

During summertime, if you happen to notice an animal trapped in a vehicle, please don't wait! Let your local police officers know what's going on or call the SPCA by dialing 514-735-2711. Are you aware that wilful neglect of an animal is considered an offence under Section 446 of the Criminal Code of Canada?

Any Animal Left Alone In An Overheated Vehicle
May Suffer Injuries Due To Your Neglect!

Heat can have a big impact on your animals anytime anywhere: on balconies or in a home without any air conditioning. Take steps to help them cool down: fan them in a well-ventilated area; splash them with some water; place towels soaked in cold water over them; or use ice bags, if necessary. A fresh water bath could also be of great help. If your animal is in a state of shock, immediately call the vet. He or she will know exactly what to do to solve the problem and give you some good sound advice.

About the SPCA

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, founded in 1869, represents Canada's first humane society with a vested interest in animal welfare. Its mission resides in protecting animals against wilful neglect, violence and exploitation: in one word, it is the voice of those who can't speak for themselves. Its mandate is also to raise public awareness to the conditions of all living creatures. Each year, the SPCA finds homes for over 10,000 animals, making it the shelter with the highest rate of adoptions in Canada. Moreover, the SPCA receives no funding whatsoever from any government agency. Therefore, it must rely on public generosity to accomplish its mission which remains in its sole power to do so.

For more information on this subject or donation enquiries, please consult our Website at www.spcamontreal.com

Contact Information

  • SPCA
    Pierre Barnoti
    Executive Director
    (514) 917-4437