F.O.M.C.A..

Leave Your Little Buddy at Home on Hot Days

pet flow- food delivery 4 facebook-Suzanne DuVall

 
Unfortunately, this is the time of year when we hear news reports of dogs being locked in hot cars, often not being discovered until it’s too late. Many of these cases go unreported, known only by the grieving owners.
 
Far too many dogs die each year from complications related to heat exhaustion from sitting, faithfully awaiting their masters’ return. Masters who obviously love their pets; that’s why they don’t wish to leave them home alone. Masters the pets adore and blindly trust to take care of them. This person is just going to grab a few things in the store or a quick bite to eat, even cracking the windows to make the dog more comfortable.
The problem is, that a few minutes can turn into a few more as the heat rapidly rises in that car, even with the cracked windows, which have little effect in a stationary vehicle.
 
In an independent study, parking some cars in temperatures between 72 and 96° resulted in the following:
Elapsed time Temperature rise inside vehicle:
 
10 minutes 19°F
20 minutes 29°F
30 minutes 34°F
60 minutes 43°F
1 to 2 hours 45-50°F
 
This means that on an 80° day, the interior of a car would reach 99° in ten minutes, 114° in half an hour. It only gets worse. Far too many pets suffer through these experiences. We need to leave our pets at home when we’re shopping or visiting if we can’t take them in with us. They’re better off alone for an hour or two than they would be in that oven. (We would never even consider putting a beloved pet inside an oven and turning it on. The hot car has the same effect, only a slower one.)
Not only must we pet owners become conscious of our choices concerning our dogs, those of us who see a dog in a parked car (even on a 70° day, where car temperatures can reach 104° in 30 minutes,) must be vigilant about watching out for these helpless creatures. In small towns such as ours, finding the owner of the car should be pretty simple, and if the dog is panting and looking lethargic, the sooner the better.
 
Calling law enforcement officers may be necessary if the owner can’t be located. It is better to have them break someone’s car window than to do it personally, to avoid legal issues. However, one should use one’s judgment in case of emergency.
 
No dog should suffer such an agonizing death. I suppose if I were to walk away from one, not getting involved, I’d feel that I took part in the cruelty, I took part in killing that dog.
 
Pet owners love their pets. In all probability, they are unaware of just how rapidly that car heats up, or they wouldn’t even consider leaving them in the car. Education is key to saving lives, so share these statistics with your pet owner family and friends. Together, we can prevent unnecessary suffering and pet deaths.

New Services From FOMCA!!

PET BEHAVIOR HELPLINE - Lets make every adoption a success story!

We are excited to offer a new resource for Madison County animals and their owners! FOMCA's Pet Behavior Helpline is a free

Read more: New Services From FOMCA!!

Spay-Neuter

Every other Wednesday is an opportunity for residents of Madison County to get low cost spay/neutering for their cats and dogs. Call 649-9798 for an appointment, and plan to spend fifteen minutes going through a registration process over the phone.

Read more: Spay-Neuter

Chain Free Madison

SOME ELBOW ROOM FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS

Friends of Madison County Animals is starting a new program - we will begin to build fences for dog owners who would like to give their pets some elbow room and play room and get their dogs out of a permanent chaining situation.

Read more: Chain Free Madison

Translation

Friends of Madison County Animals is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.
 

With Your Support as of December 31, 2013

  • 987 cats & dogs were spayed & neutered
  • 22,000 lbs of cat & dog food was distributed to the needy & homebound 
  • 1,500 rabies vaccinations were given through Rabies Clinics plux approx. 30 per S/N Clinic

 

Friends of Madison County Animals 

Contact us at:
P.O. Box 191
Marshall, NC 28753
Phone: 828-649-9798
Fax: 828-649-9798
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
URL:www.fomca.org

 
 
Visit our Outreach Center at 
115 Blannahassett Island - Studio 104  in Marshall 
OPEN Mon. - Thurs. 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday 8:00AM to 11:00 AM

Make A One Time Donation

Make a Monthly Donation

Facebook Image