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Humane Society asking pet owners to keep pets cool during heat wave

This comes as more and more of us are looking to become pet owners during the pandemic
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With record breaking heat hitting the region, the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is reminding pet owners to keep their furry friends cool.

This includes leaving them at home in a cool basement or air-conditioned house if you need to head out for whatever reason, no matter how quick the chore may seem.

Executive Director Kathrin Delutis tells 570 NEWS they have already had calls coming in regarding pets left in parked cars. 

"It's not uncommon for us to field anywhere from two to six calls a day depending on how warm it is."

She adds when they are called, they will contact police, who are the only ones with the authority to remove a pet from a vehicle. The humane society employees are there to help the animal if it is in distress. 

Delutis adds they have also received an increase in calls, in regards to adoption. 

The society has had its animals in foster care for most of the pandemic and only just recently, on May 11th, opened up adoption applications again. 

Like all businesses, the Humane Society has new protocols in place when it comes to their usual operations, but Delutis says they are still making sure all new homes for their animals are ready for the commitment. 

"When you adopt a pet, you're adopting a pet for 15-20 years, so we want to make sure that not only is [an adoption] a good fit today, but it's going to be a good fit post-COVID." 

Details on how the adoption process has changed are on the Humane Society's website

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