Hickory/Newton, NC – Humane Society of Catawba County wants to remind everyone to remember their outdoor family during these especially hot days. Please be sure to provide plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure your pets have a shaded space in the cool grass, or keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. A puppy pool is great to have for cooling too. Hot concrete and pavement can easily burn paw pads, test the temperature with your own palms before deciding it’s safe to go for a walk, and limit walking times to earlier in the morning and later in the evening.

Never leave pets, even for a quick minute with the windows down, in a car or truck. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

Here is how quickly a car can heat up in 80-degree weather:Kane

• 99 degrees in 10 minutes
• 109 degrees in 20 minutes
• 114 degrees in 30 minutes
• 118 degrees in 40 minutes
• 120 degrees in 50 minutes
• 123 degrees in 60 minutes

(Source: National Weather Service)

And always be certain to have proper identification on your pets, as unexpected storms and 4th of July fireworks can lead to frightened, lost pets.

Humane Society of Catawba County is offering $15 microchips for pets June 27th – July 1st  and every Monday all summer long. Unlike identification tags on collars, which can sometimes be lost or removed, microchipping is a permanent source of pet identification.  When lost or stray pets are scanned by an animal organization or business, such as animal shelters or veterinary clinics, these identification chips are able to provide the owner’s contact information and are then able to reunite beloved pets with their owners.

Visit HSCC – Hickory or HSCC – Newton, June 27th – July 1st or on Mondays between 12-4pm for $15 microchips. No appointment is necessary.

For more information call 828-464-8878 during regular business hours, Monday- Saturday 11am-6pm or visit www.catawbahumane.org.