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Let seniors take their pets to Cooling Centers on hot days!

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 at 7:11 am in Animal rescue Organizations, Cats, dogs, Hot Weather, Pet rescue.

** I’m off on vacation to Panama. I’ll be back with a blog and some wonderful photos from the Central American rain forests on July 23. See ya! */Gary *

Many Bay Area communities have opened Cooling Centers to provide relief to seniors from HIGH temperatures.

Unfortunately, pets are not usually allowed at city-owned community centers, libraries and senior centers. And a lot of seniors won’t go to the Cooling Centers if they have to leave their pets behind in the heat.

There’s a simple and easy solution to this that will make sure our senior citizens are not placed at risk on these very hot days …

LET THEM BRING THEIR PETS WITH THEM TO THE COOLING CENTERS!

Please don’t let a few bureaucratic rules cause you to put your citizens at risk.

These pets (mostly cats and a few small dogs) can be kept, fed and watered in portable pet carriers or crates. That will keep them from interacting with or bothering other people at the Cooling Centers. Remember, this is only temporary and for a few hours!

Many people have their own pet carriers. Cities should get in touch with their local humane society, SPCA, Animal Services Department, or non-profit pet rescue organization to figure out how to get pet carriers for seniors who don’t have them. I’m sure something can be worked out. You might even get creative and come up with a better plan.

We have a LOT of valuable, hard-working local animal rescue organizations in the Bay Area. Seems to me we’re long-overdue for local communities to get their acts together and contact these organizations … or for the organizations to contact the local cities … and work out some sort of emergency plans where they can WORK TOGETHER in times of need … like earthquakes, fires, hot weather, etc.

Everyone benefits when we all work together.

Here is some contact information in case any local cities would like to help their seniors get out of this horrific heat:

Valley Humane Society, Pleasanton (VHS): 925-426-8656
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, Berkeley (BEBHS): 510-845-7735
East Bay SPCA, Oakland (EBSPCA): 510-569-0702
Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, Dublin (TVAR): 925-803-7043
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Walnut Creek (ARF): 925-256-1273
Contra Costa Animal Services Department, Martinez: 925-335-8300
Contra Costa Humane Society, Pleasant Hill (CCHS): 925-279-2247
San Francisco SPCA, San Francisco (SFSPCA): 415-554-3000
Peninsula Humane Society, San Mateo (PHS): 650-340-7022
Antioch Animal Services, Antioch: 925-779-6989
Solano County Animal Services: 707-784-1356
Marin Humane Society: 415-883-4621

That’s just a few of the Bay Area animal rescue organizations to help get you started. There are LOTS more. You should know who these people are in your community. If you don’t, please find out!

Thanks for caring! /Gary

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