As temperatures rise, shady areas become a hot commodity at the shelter. With our kennels close to capacity more areas where animals and humans can rest and relax is essential to their health and safety. Animals can suffer from heat stroke and other heat related illnesses in a variety of ways and here at the shelter it is a top priority to make sure that all animals, volunteers, and staff keep cool during these hot summer months.
The Humane Society of Ventura County is on 4.4 acres of land with few trees and temperatures can easily soar to over a hundred. When temperatures get this high it is not comfortable nor safe to have dogs out without the proper shade, access to water, and areas to rest. Those volunteers brave enough to venture out into the heat to make sure the dogs get their breaks and limited exercise are in need of shelter as well.
This past week, volunteer extraordinaire Sue and her husband Alex Saraceno donated and installed this "cool" gift in one of the dog yards. We are so grateful for their support, and more importantly their gifts to make the time spent at the shelter for these animals more comfortable and enriching.
In fact, we are so impressed we hope to be able to create more in other areas on the property so that more dogs can enjoy companionship and socialization outside of the kennels in a nice cool area. By donating today you can help our animals enjoy their summer safely and comfortably! Please call the shelter for more information on donating at 805-646-6505. Or you can visit the shelter at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai, Monday through Saturday between 10-6.