A London vet clinic is joining forces with local businesses and organizations to save the lives of pets and prevent weather-related harm this summer.
The Neighbourhood Pet Clinic is painting donated parking spaces and handing out window stickers with the Be Pet Aware emblem; a reminder to pet owners to leave their pets at home, not trapped in hot cars, while they shop.
Business Director at the Neighbourhood Pet Clinic Brent Barr says anyone is welcome to take part in the cost-free initiative, “We’ve offered free to any business, or organization and group within London or the London area, for us to come in and paint a couple of their parking spaces with the Be Pet Aware logo. In addition, there is a sticker that goes into their windows that says, ‘Be Pet Aware, when you shop, leave your dog or animal at home.’”
Barr tells AM980 more than 16 area businesses are showing their support, including the City of London, “We’re actually out today stencilling parking lots for them right now, and putting the stickers in the municipal pay stations, so that’s how important it is to them; they want to keep the little ones safe as well. ” The clinic says each year, Bylaw Enforcement Officers encounter dozens of trapped pets and the parking division is eager to reduce the number of incidents that occur in the city.
Barr says many pet parents don’t realize leaving their animal in a hot car could turn into a life threatening situation in just minutes, “What’s surprising for a lot of people, is that in 70 degrees, a dog in a car can get into a life threatening situation within 15 minutes. People just don’t realize that, they think they are being great parents bringing them around, but what this whole campaign is about is just leave your little one at home, they’ll be a lot safer and cooler, and you can do all your errands and come back and spend some time with them.”
If you do happen to see a pet in a car, Barr offers a couple of tips, “Number one, go right into the business where that car is with the little one trapped inside, and talk to the ownership and see if they can put an announcement out and find whoever it is to come out and make sure they let their dog out because it’s dangerous,” he says. “Number two, if they can’t find the person, call 911 and call the humane society because those two have the ability to come and rescue that dog or pet out of that situation.
Dr. Alec Martin of Neighbourhood Pet Clinic explains, “People make honest mistakes, honest lapses in good judgment, but if we can gently remind them to make better decisions then it will all be worth it.”