San Antonio Animal Services is responding to an influx of calls to neglect animals amid a heat wave

The heat wave continues to engulf San Antonio into August – the hottest month of the year – and one of the consequences of this heat is being felt and seen among the city’s animal facilities.

for example, animal care services Many animal shelters reported that they were filling up quickly and the animals had to be euthanized due to the influx of infected animals and the inability of staff to place them in new homes.

The American Society of Pediatrics (ACS) has published a list of animals it considers to be at immediate risk mercy killing. It serves as final notice to the public for animal adoption prior to the procedure.

This month, ACS partnered with Evacuate the shelters To save as many dogs and cats as possible. adoption fee Reduced to $20 for pets four years of age or younger, waived for pets five years and older.

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But the most pressing crisis is not what happens to animals without owners. This is what happens to animals with their owners.

Lisa Norwood, director of public relations and communications at ACS, said the office is reporting a steady stream of call reports animal neglect.

“This year we received approximately 1,200 to 1,250 calls to the service, specifically telling us that they believe a pet has been seen as a victim of neglect,” she explained.

Norwood said animal neglect can include not providing your pet with food, water, shelter or shade. She added that owners should regularly ensure that their pets have fresh water and that the water stays in the shade.

How can a pet owner ensure that the pet does not accidentally tip over this water bowl?

“Number one, if you are using a bucket, make sure you attach the handle of the bucket to a carabiner (or) attach it to something stable so that it prevents that bucket from tipping over,” Norwood said. She added that a pet owner can also dig a shallow area in the dirt and install a water container in it.

Norwood also wants pet owners to pay attention to the quality of the shelter for their pets.

“A shelter is defined as three walls, a raised floor, a roof, and then an opening through which the pet can enter and exit and still have space to move around within. This is the legally defined shelter.” I explained. She said the shaded shelter should be stationary throughout the day.

Sometimes pet owners don’t want to keep their pets at home. But this creates various problems and risks to animal health.

Among the biggest mistakes they make is leaving their pets locked up in cars without air conditioning or getting them to ride behind a pickup truck.

“Not only is it illegal to keep them in your car, but to have them ride unsafely in the back of your truck,” she explained. “So they face the same risk of heat stroke in the back of their truck as when they’re locked inside a car.”

I always asked the public to consider whether it is necessary to take pets on road trips or run errands that require them to leave their pets in cars or be exposed to the sun.

“Unfortunately, these are the things that we see and these are examples we’ve seen where pets have been left inside vehicles, in stores, in malls, in grocery stores, in our local theme parks. And they died as a result.

Dogs still need to go for walks. But the heat can make it dangerous. When it’s time to take the dog for a walk, how does the owner know if it’s too hot for the dog?

Dr. Maria Gonzalez, a veterinarian at Bates First Veterinary Center, referred to the heat index.

“The kind of rule we have in terms of the heat index is basically you take the temperature, you add the humidity, and if it’s over 150, it’s too hot for them to exercise for some dogs or just a simple walk around,” she explained.

The ACS has asked the public to report any animal abuse by calling 3-1-1.