Protect your pets from the heat


​Don’t leave your pet in a vehicle or enclosed area during the hot summer months

Keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Now that the warmer weather is here, there are no excuses for leaving your pet unattended in a hot vehicle or inadequate shelter.

Parked cars can reach high temperatures in a short period of time even when parked in the shade and with the windows open. If the temperature outside is 32 C then the temperature in an unattended car is 71 C. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat and a hot environment can be life-threatening or lead to serious health repercussions.

Tips to protect your pet this summer:

• Keep your pet cool, hydrated and sheltered in an area away from the sun
• Know what your pet’s reaction is to sun and heat exposure
• Don’t leave pets outside for too long in the heat
• Don’t leave your pet unattended in a vehicle or inadequate shelter

If you spot an unattended pet in a vehicle or inadequate shelter in the Towns of Aurora, Newmarket and Georgina that appears to be suffering from heat related ailments such as excessive panting, drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness call Animal Services at 1-877-979-PAWS (7297).

To report an animal in need of help within Ontario, call the province of Ontario’s new toll-free number for reporting animal welfare and cruelty concerns at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625).

Please remind your family, friends and neighbours to not leave their pets in unattended cars or inadequate shelters this summer.

For more information on Animal Services, please visit or to find out more about the province of Ontario’s animal cruelty line visit


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