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Posted on: July 30, 2019

“Show Me City” Pet Safety Tips: Remember to Protect Your Furry Friends from the Sun This Summer



Summer is in full swing and staff encourages families and visitors to enjoy spending the warmer months exploring MCTX’s outdoors with their furry companions. And, with temperatures rising, the City’s Animal Services Manager, TaBorah Goffney, wanted to remind residents of some key pet safety tips:

  • City ordinance prohibits leaving your pets inside a hot vehicle. With the windows cracked even for just a ‘few minutes’, the inside of a vehicle can heat up to 120 degrees and can lead to fatal heat stroke.
  • If your pets are kept outside, be sure to provide plenty of food, water and shaded areas. Pets can become dehydrated quickly. Their water should be changed out for fresh, clean water daily.
  • If you are active with your pets outdoors, make sure to provide them with fresh cold water and plenty of breaks in shaded or cool areas.
  • Pets can become overheated just like humans. Excessive panting or difficulty in breathing, drooling, dark red gums and weakness are all signs of heatstroke in pets.
  • The best time to walk your pet is early morning or evening. During peak hours the pavements can become extremely hot and may cause burns and scorches to your pets’ paws. If it is too hot for you to sit on the pavement, it is too hot to walk your dog.
  • Always try to trim long hair on dogs versus shaving, as it acts as layers to protect them from overheating and sunburn.
  • Leave your pets at home if you plan to be outdoors for extended periods of time. If the weather is too hot or if your activity level will be too intense for your animal, it is better to be safe than sorry.

“Staff understands the value pets bring to families across the City and these pet care guidelines are useful in protecting furry family members during the summer months,” Goffney said. “Citizens in Missouri City and surrounding areas are encouraged to come visit our facility and find a paw-some new addition to their home. We also have an excellent and rewarding volunteer program that allows citizens to contribute to their community and enhance the life of a shelter pet!”

If you have additional questions about protecting your pets or adopting a pet, please visit this City website page: or contact Animal Services at 281.403.8707. Individuals who would like to join the Municipal Volunteer Program may email MVP Coordinator, Adrianna Nixon, at or call her at 281.403.8506.

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