Shelter dogs are suffering from the heat
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Shelter dogs are suffering from the heat

    1. Kathy Hodel
    2. Petition by

      Kathy Hodel

      Lake Havasu, AZ

Lake Havasu, Arizona is one of the hottest places in the nation with 120 degrees high. Yet the humane society board to date refuses to install air conditoning in the dog kennel areas even though most of the cost would be donated. The evaporative coolers are not efficient when the temperature and humidity are high. During these humid months evaporative coolers and misters are adding hot steam in the air which makes it even more uncomfortable for the animals. A shelter environment is stressful for animals, they don't need to also be penalized by being caged in hot kennels. If Phoenix and Tucson shelters have air conditoning, Lake Havasu should be able to have air conditioning too.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Outdoor sign showed 125 degrees in Lake Havasu this summer

      Kathy Hodel
      Petition Organizer

      Havasu's shelter board member recently posted: "The Board...has made an informed decision that the benefits of evaporative cooling are greater to the animals than air conditioning would be." YET the shelter hired an animal facility engineer last October to evaluate the shelter. The engineer stated in his report: "Even in the desert of Arizona, we never use evaporative cooler." "Animal facilities should never use direct evaporative cooling." "..increased level of moisture damage outside caging, walls & floors." The engineeer recommended HVACs. Also visitors to the Havasu shelter have said it was comfortable while others said it was muggy and hot. Evaporative coolers work more efficiently when the humidity is low, so it depends when the person visited the shelter. Also temperature readings depend on where the gauge is placed, for example, near a vent or mister. If the Board approves an air conditioning system, donors could be asked again if they want to contribute. Send petition on!

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Leonard Thalrose KINGMAN, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      Dogs can't sweat to dissapate the heat...they have no sweat glands!

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    • Bonnie Daniels ARLINGTON, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My family just got a dog from a shelter. We are fostering until his surgery then adopting. His left, back leg may be amputated. He could barely eat while there because of depression, I think. Now he eats non-stop, well, as we allow. After 4 days his ribs no longer stick out and he is getting strong. The shelter thought they would have to put him down because he may not be strong enough if he lost during surgery. The environment he was in was so stressful that had he stayed their for the duration of the surgery, he probably would have died. Now that he is in an environment that is much less stressful, he is a completely different dog that has every chance of a successful surgery but will absolutely fly. It is vital that shelter dogs have the least amount of stress possible. I grew up in Arizona, to have no air conditioning is inhuman. Fix this problem or live without cool air yourselves.

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    • Shirley Ferguson LOU., KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is important to me as dogs can have heat-strokes & heat-related illnesses as well as humans. They have feelings to. How would a person feel sitting in the high heat with a fur coat on?

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    • alex bates HARPERWOODS, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      because they are family

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    • lorrie blain LEAMINGTON, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      IT MAKES ME SICK TO SEE ALL THESE POOR DEFENCIVE ANIMALS. in my etes it is stupid humans fault for all the homeless ones. SPAY AND NEUTER. I WOULD ADOPT ALL THE ANIMALS IN ALL THE SHELTERS IF I COULD/ like the saying goes......Treat others the way you want to be treated!

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