Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) encourages all pet owners to follow some simple safety tips this summer.

Hot weather can pose a danger for your pet and pets if you are traveling even short distances. Never leave your pet in a parked car even if the windows are cracked since temperatures can exceed 100 degrees within minutes. When your travels take you on long trips, place ice packs in the crate to cool your pet.

In your home, always provide your pets with plenty of cool fresh water. If you have cats or kittens, make sure any open windows have secure screens so kitty does not fall from high-rise windows or escape.

Always limit strenuous exercise on warm and extremely hot days for your pet. Walking your pets early and late on hot days will protect them from overheating and their paws from hot asphalt. Early walks will also help to prevent sunburn.

Heat stroke can be serious and possibly fatal. Early stages of heat stroke include heavy panting, rapid breathing, excessive drooling or bright red gums and tongue. Advance stages are white gums, lethargy and unwillingness to move, uncontrollable elimination and shock. If your pet exhibits any signs of heat stroke, take your pet to the local emergency vet to assess your pet's condition and treat appropriately.

Visit your vet to make sure that your pet's vaccines are up to date since you are likely to spend more time outdoors exposed to other animals. Treat your pet for fleas and ticks and ask your vet about heartworm prevention.

These safety tips can make your summer a fun time for you and your pet. FAAS wishes you a happy and pleasant summer with your pet pals.

PET OF THE WEEK: Bagel is a happy-go-lucky, silly and playful puppy. He is very people-oriented and loves to jump up into laps for petting.

DOG ALLEY: There are 22 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Bobby is a 1-year-old Jack Russell mix that is sweet and shy. Bentley is an active playful 4-month-old Chihuahua-mix puppy.

CAT LAIR: There are 40 cats available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Arial is a 5-year-old gray-and-white shorthair that is friends with Michael and Pasha. Pasha is a 6-year-old smokey gray neutered male.

Rabbit Row: Mochi is a 3-year-old female white dwarf rabbit that is outgoing and very curious. Thumper a is 7-year-old harlequin, and Bosh is a 4-year-old tan-and-white mini-lop. Both are neutered males with sweet outgoing personalities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Adoptathon -- Join FAAS and several other shelters/rescues for a day of adoptions and pet-related products on July 13 at Jack London Square.

  • Pet Loss Support Group -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the shelter. Led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill at 510-393-1359.

  • Hot Rods at Harbor Bay -- 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center, Alameda. Hosted by Laval's Pizza of Alameda, the 50/50 Raffle will benefit FAAS.

    Mim Carlson is executive director of Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter. Visit the Alameda Animal Shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way at Grand Street, call the shelter at 510-337-8565 or visit www.petharbor.com to view the animals.