They took a while to get here, but the “dog days” of summer have arrived. These hot temperatures can be uncomfortable for our furry friends. If you have outside pets make sure they have plenty of cool fresh water and some shade. You should also think twice before bringing Fido with you when you go to run your errands. Even with the car windows open, the temperature in a parked car can become dangerous for your pet in a very short time. Some of the symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, drooling, weakness, or possibly collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, diarrhea and vomiting along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. If your dog or cat is overcome by heat, the ASPCA recommends bringing down body temperature by soaking the animal in cool water and then seek immediate veterinary care.

Last week four more of our many cats and kittens were adopted. Kittens Skye, Miss Molly and Blossom were adopted from the Shelter. Our cat Leo was adopted from All Pet & Equine in Mountain Home. All Pet is very generous to allow one of our Shelter kitties to work at the store as a greeter until they are adopted. Stop by their store soon to meet the new store greeter. There were no dogs adopted locally last week, but we have 6 dogs going on transport to Massachusetts on Thursday, some of whom have adopters waiting for them.

This week’s featured dog is Lenny. Lenny is an adult Labrador retriever mix who was one of three dogs found abandoned and living under a burned out trailer. He is active, curious, friendly and a nice size (terrier/Lab mix). Lenny walks well on a leash and he’s a very smart boy. After a rough start in life, he’s ready for the loving home that he deserves.

Our featured kitty this week is Timmy. Timmy has beautiful copper colored eyes, loves attention and “talks” a lot. His coat is a handsome buff ginger. Timmy is about 14 weeks old and is neutered and ready to go to his new home.

You can meet Timmy, Lenny and our other adoptable pets by visiting the Shelter during regular hours, Thursday through Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. While you’re there don’t forget to check out the Thrift Store for some great bargains. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Phone 870-449-7387.