Dogs die in hot cars
Now that warmer weather is at last with us, it’s not too soon to remember just how bad it can be for our canine friends. Everyone’s opened a car door and been amazed by how much hotter it is than outside — but you may not realize exactly how hot a car can get. When it’s 22 degrees, a car in direct sun can quickly reach an internal temperature of 46 degrees. Even in the shade, a car can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than outdoors, and cracking the window has almost no effect.
Dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies like humans do, so the main way they can cool off is by panting, which isn’t very efficient. Once a dog’s body temperature gets over about 40 — normal temperature is around 38 — the result can be everything from nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, systemic organ failure, and it happens fast, within a matter of minutes.
Please, leave your dog at home on hot days.
If you contact us about your missing pet, we’re more than happy to try and help – but, please, make sure you give us as much information as possible. This should include your contact info, a full description, where the animal went missing (this is important!) and if it’s wearing a collar/tag/is microchipped. We get calls from all over and it is important we have the information needed to try and reunite pets with their humans. Thanks!
“Mardi Paws” is coming!
Our 3rd annual SPCA Fall Gala, is themed this year!! The gala this year to be held October 4th, is called “Mardi-Paws” and is a New Orleans-themed event!! We’ll have decorations, atmosphere and everything we can to give you a vacation-esque feeling, for what we hope will be an amazing and fun night for everyone! Tickets are on sale now $65/ticket, or a table of 8 for $500 and you can get them by calling Carrie Shumaker @ 778-0578, Ron Resler @ 750-1408, Rhonda Coenan @ 773-9501 or Lauren Carnahan @ 778-6303
Dreaming of Flying Away? You could, courtesy of your furry friends here at the Swift Current SPCA. Our travel raffle offer a first prize of a $3,000 travel voucher from Marlin Travel, with a second prize of a fantastic three piece luggage set valued at $150. Who knows where you could be – jetting around the world? The draw for the lucky winners is on October 4th, 2014, at our “Mardi Paws” Gala. Tickets are only $10 each, and there are only 2000 tickets printed, so your chances are good! And as you’ll be helping support the SPCA, we can safely say every ticket is a winner!
Tickets are available at the SPCA Shelter, SPCA bookstore, Fabutan, Healing Essentials, Swift Building Supplies, Signs’n Such, Cowtown, PetValu and Crutch’s Plumbing and Heating.
If you’re looking to bring your bottles and cans in, and also feel as though you would like to make a donation to the SPCA, you can now drop your cans off at the shelter, or bring them to Sarcan and mention you want the money to go to the SPCA and they’ll take care of it for you! We want to thank Sarcan for helping us along with this project, and thank anyone who decides to donate to our cause!
SPCA Swift Current is a local organization dedicated to finding responsible caring life-long homes for lost, abandoned or unwanted animals. This includes preventing unwanted litters by incorporating spaying and neutering in all of our animals’ adoption fees. We are not funded by the provincial or federal government, nor are we connected or affiliated to any other shelter. We are a no-kill facility. We do not euthanize animals solely for space – only in rare cases of severe medical issues or aggression.
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Can you help with a donation of goods? We always need Bleach, liquid laundry soap, fabric softener sheets (unscented), dog toys, cat toys, kitten kibble, canned dog & canned cat food, cat treats, dog treats, towels, wood pellets for cat litter, rubber & latex gloves, heavy duty garbage bags, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, windex, liquid hand soap, Q-tips, 8.5″ X 11″ white printer paper.
If so, contact the SPCA as soon as possible, we may be able to match the pet to the owner! As well, check our pet listings as we are now listing all strays that come to us, along with their photos and descriptions.
We are looking for Foster Homes!
|Being a foster parent to an animal in need of a little TLC can be a very rewarding experience. Some of the homeless animals that come into our shelter have a hard time adjusting to life at the shelter while they wait for their new homes. By placing them in a foster home, it allows us to give an interested adopter a better insight into the animal’s likes and dislikes, good or bad habits, and its ability to get along with children and other pets. When the animal is adopted out there is a less chance it will be returned to the shelter for some underlying problem that would go undetected at the shelter. There are many ways someone can foster an animal. If you are interested in helping, please call the Shelter at 773-1806, or send us an email requesting an application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out about our foster Angels program here
Let’s face it, not every animal would be a good fit for you. But we’ve also seen some unexpected matches of the most unlikely pets and people. Hence our Test Drive program. Ok, so you don’t actually drive them, but we think you know what we mean – take your potential pet home and see how things work out. Give it a fair go – don’t expect too much too soon. And if it doesn’t work out, bring them back to us with no hard feelings – we want them to go to the right home, both for the animal and the humans. So if you’re looking for a furry Ferrari or a purring Porsche, we have several racey models on the lot now. Why not drop by for a test drive?