Ontario SPCA launches directory of pet-friendly businesses to help keep pets out of hot cars

STOUFFVILLE, Ontario, Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To help spread awareness about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles, and to assist pet owners, the Ontario SPCA is encouraging businesses across the province to take part in its annual No Hot Pets campaign by joining a list of pet-friendly businesses online.

Businesses that pledge their support for the No Hot Pets campaign will receive a digital sign to print and display in their window letting pet owners know they can bring their animals inside while they shop or do business.

“Wherever possible, we recommend that people leave their pets at home where they are safe and comfortable,” says Jennifer Bluhm, Deputy Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “However, we know that’s not always possible, particularly for those who are travelling with their pets. Our business directory helps them make informed decisions when planning their stops to help keep their animals safe from the heat.”

The issue of owners leaving their pets in vehicles during the hot summer months is an ongoing problem across Ontario and puts animals’ safety at risk. Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows open. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening.

Now in its sixth year, No Hot Pets is an Ontario SPCA campaign partnership with SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada. Through its No Hot Pets campaign, the Ontario SPCA is seeking the public’s help to share this important message and report pets left unattended in vehicles.

For more information about the No Hot Pets campaign, and to add a businesses to the online directory visit Nohotpets.ca 

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, call 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police.

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of close to 50 communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario’s first animal welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce animal welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education & Animal Centre.


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