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We’re Keeping Shelter Pets Safe from Dangerous Heat

This summer, many parts of the country have experienced dangerously high temperatures.

That’s why the Petfinder Foundation has Summer Cooling Grants available as part of our longstanding Disaster Fund.

Our grant helped Adele stay cool.

Our Summer Cooling Grant helped the dogs at Arizona’s Pima Animal Care Center, which used the funds to install an overhead misting system in two outdoor yards. In Tucson, where temperatures can top 110 degrees, the yards had often been unusable for both the dogs and potential adopters.

Now, thanks to the misting system, “nobody’s getting overheated,” Adoption Coordinator Ellie Beaubien said. “We really needed those. It was a great investment.” We also provided the shelter with kiddie pools, which were enjoyed by dogs like Bear (top photo) and Adele (above).

Skylar enjoyed shade, turf and mist.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona used our Summer Cooling Grant to install a misting system, a shade sail and turf in its yard, which had previously been hard dirt.

Thanks to those upgrades, “It goes from scorching hot to tropical cool within seconds of flipping a switch,” Shelter PR Coordinator Sara Gromley said. “Staff members enjoy taking breaks by bringing dogs out in the yard and it’s actually pleasant to be outdoors. Petfinder Foundation, we love you!”

Nala the donkey chills out.

Our Summer Cooling Grants don’t help only dogs. Lusco Farms Rescue in Iowa used its grant to purchase two large fans and build a multipurpose pasture shelter for the donkeys, mules and miniature horses in its care.

“The grant not only allowed us to make a cooling station, but we designed it to be used as a shelter in the winter as well,” said Treasurer Scott Shehan. “So the donkeys will now be nice and dry even when it rains or snows.”

We don’t expect to see the end of extreme temperatures any time soon, so these severe-weather grants are now a permanent part of our Disaster program. Your donation to our Disaster Fund will help us save lives.

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R.O.A.R. to Protect Homeless Donkeys from Sun and Snow

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless donkeys like Nala.

Give to us through Global Giving from 10/14-11/12 and have double the impact for homeless donkeys like Nala.

You’ll help protect twice as many homeless donkeys like Nala (above) from extreme weather conditions when you donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12.

For those 30 days, Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. is matching donations to the Petfinder Foundation dollar-for-dollar (learn more about the campaign here). That means we can help ensure more donkeys like Nala, who is being cared for by Lusco Farms Rescue in Malvern, Iowa, have a safe refuge from the elements.

Treasurer Scott Shehan tells us how our Summer Cooling Grant helped the group build a multipurpose pasture shelter for the donkeys, mules and miniature horses in its care:

“The grant not only allowed us to make a cooling station but we designed it to be used as a shelter in the winter as well. So the donkeys will now be nice and dry even when it rains or snows,” Shehan says.

Donkeys enjoying their new multipurpose shelter

Donkeys enjoying their new multipurpose shelter at Lusco Farms Rescue

“Please pass along our gratitude to everyone who makes these grants possible,” he adds. “We truly couldn’t provide this type of care without the support.”

Donate to us through Global Giving from Oct. 14-Nov. 12 to double your impact!

Our Cooling Grants Help Homeless Donkeys Too!

We're helping keep Storm E. the donkey cool this summer.

Storm E. has a condition called string halt which causes her to walk funny, but with minimal pain.

We’re keeping homeless dogs — and donkeys — safe this summer, thanks to your support of our Summer Cooling Campaign.

Lusco Farms Rescue in Malvern, Iowa, and HOPE Animal Shelter in Tucson are the latest recipients of Summer Cooling grants. Each has received $1,000 to help keep the animals in their care cool, comfortable and safe in the heat.

For Lusco Farms Rescue, that means donkeys like Storm E., who came there with multiple medical issues caused by a lifetime of poor nutrition, will finally have new, shaded lean-tos in her pasture.

“Because we’ll have more areas covered with shade, we can take in more donkeys,” Lusco Farms President Lura Shehan tells us.

Many of the group’s donkeys come from people who acquired them as pets without thoroughly researching the care the animals need, she says. Still more come from cattle ranchers, who purchased the donkeys to protect their herds but lost the herds when the economy worsened.

In Tucson, HOPE Animal Shelter will use its grant to install a new misting system and sunshades so dogs can be cool in their outdoor runs.

“It has been over 100 degrees for 24 days in a row,” Executive Director Susan Scherl tells us. “Because of our hard water, the inexpensive mister we currently use keeps getting clogged.”

Our Executive Director Lisa Robinson with Rizzo from HOPE Animal Shelter

Our executive director, Lisa Robinson, chills with Rizzo, an affectionate 10-year-old at HOPE Animal Shelter in Tucson.

The improvements will help dogs like Rizzo, above, get more socialization and exercise time outdoors. HOPE has a soft spot for senior dogs, Scherl says, so she works with other local shelters to take in older dogs who are at great risk of euthanasia. She also takes in abused and abandoned dogs like Evie, below, who was tied to the shelter’s fence overnight and spends many hours in its outdoor runs.

Evie is waiting at HOPE Animal Shelter.

Evie waited for days for the person who abandoned her at HOPE Animal Shelter to return.

“We don’t have air conditioning, so anything that can cool off the dogs outside in this Tucson heat is wonderful,” Scherl says. “The misters will be a great addition.”

Donate to help us keep more pets safe and cool this summer, and Orvis will match your gift!