High heat forces pet adoption event indoors

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – About 30 Beauties and Beasts ‘Bow Wow Luau’ dogs were dressed and ready for a trip to the pool on Sunday afternoon – but triple-digit temperatures brought the luau indoors. The event was supposed to take place last month, but the high heat that day also changed plans, canceling the event until now.

Beauty and Beasts Volunteer McRae Steven

“There was a heat advisory in June so we planned everything in Hyde Park, just opposite the Central Standard Brewery,” said Beauties and Beasts volunteer McRae Steven. “We love doing it there, but we had this heat advisory so we had to call it all off for everyone’s health.”

Volunteers say the move was necessary to keep workers, guests and dogs safe.

“We don’t advise you to do this at this time of day,” Steven said. “It doesn’t matter how hot it is. It is getting hotter and hotter in the afternoon.

Some tips for keeping your dog safe in the heat include keeping him indoors as much as possible, keeping him away from hot concrete on walks, and monitoring how much exercise he gets in the heat so he doesn’t not overwork.

“If they want to play fetch, you have to play in the evening or in the morning,” Steven said. “Be aware of this, as overheating happens often. And I think I noticed that more than usual.

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