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With the highest temperatures of the year beginning to set in, officials are seeking donations to help cool the hundreds of dogs being sheltered at county facilities.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is seeking donations that will be used at the county’s facilities in Phoenix and Mesa, where a combined 776 dogs are sheltered, said Melissa Gable, a spokeswoman for the agency.

At the county shelters, dogs do have access to play yards, Gable said, but officials keep the dogs inside during the daytime summer heat. To that end, the county is seeking items that will help keep dogs cooler in that setting as well as inside.

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A similar campaign drew a strong response last year, she said.

This year, the county has modified its wish list somewhat. Among the donations sought are:

  • Hard plastic wading pools (smallest size). One poiol can usually fit in each dog’s outdoor kennel
  • Cooling bandanas. Once wet they help keep dogs cool
  •  Cooling gel pads, which can be put on a dog’s bed and help keep them cool.

Gable said MCACC is promoting the donation drive on its Facebook page.

“We started it (Thursday) and every day we post a new need,” Gable said.

Items will be accepted at both locations: Phoenix, 2500 S 27th Avenue; and Mesa, 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Hours at both shelters are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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Gable also reminded the public about the need to keep their dogs cool during summer heat. She offered these tips:

  • If it is too hot for you to walk outside in bare feet, it’s too hot for a dog as well.
  • Keep plenty of cool water around
  • Dog houses are not a great solution, because air cannot circulate
  • Always make sure there is shade available if a dog is outside.


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