It is beyond comprehension how anyone could be so heartless as to tie a friendly puppy to a dumpster and abandon her. And to add to the young dog’s frightening experience on a sweltering afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri, there was no shelter or food available; her small bowl of water was empty.
Fortunately, it was Randy Grimm, founder of the Stray Rescue of St. Louis who was notified about the dog’s plight. Volunteers had a difficult time just reconciling the cruelty of the deed, however quickly went to work to help. When they arrived at the site, the forgiving pup, dubbed Serpentine, held no grudges. Instead she wagged her tail and gently licked her rescuers showing her deep appreciation.
It wasn’t long before Serpentine was on her way to safety. Never again will this dog worry about not enough food or water. Her “freedom ride” is just the beginning of her new life.
Are you aware that animals can get heat stroke just like people? With this summer’s record heat waves, pets are at an even greater risk. Here are ten tips to help your pet through the scorching summer temperatures:
- Keep plenty of cool and fresh water available.
- Put out multiple bowls of water on really hot days – just in case one or more bowls tip over.
- Be more prudent with older pets who are more susceptible to heat.
- Monitor how much time your pets sit in the sun. They are also susceptible to skin cancer.
- Provide a wading pool for your favorite pooch – lots of fun and a great way to cool off.
- Think about adding ice cubes to your pets’ bowls.
- If you don’t have air-conditioning, consider using fans to keep them cooled down.
- Exercise only in the morning or evening, and cut it short when the temperature and humidity are soaring.
- Freeze some treats for your pets.
- Some long haired dogs might benefit from a haircut, but make sure to check with your veterinarian first.
Follow the Stray Rescue of St. Louis on Facebook and their amazing rescue experiences here.
Now, Stray Dogs of St. Louis has over 300 foster parents, more than 1,000 volunteers and on average saves and adopts out 3,000 companion animals a year.
And know there is nothing better than a rescue dog nursing a kitten with a broken leg back to health. Everyone is encouraged to adopt a dog or cat from a local shelter or rescue organization. Check out Holly Mae (who is available for adoption at Stray Rescue of St. Louis) “puttin’ on the dog” taking care of a kitten.
(Photos and video of dog tied to dumpster courtesy of Stray Rescue of St. Louis)
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