Before I share some of the May news from PALS, I’d like to mention a concern that comes up this time of year.  It seems like every year we hear of more deaths of children and pets from being left in cars.  I haven’t heard of any local children being left in hot cars, but I’ve sure seen way too many dogs panting in cars with the windows barely lowered. 

The temperature inside your car can rise almost 20 degrees in 10 minutes.  The longer you wait, the higher the temperature goes.  At 60 minutes, the temperature in your car can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature.  On a 70 degree day the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees. Studies have found that cracking the windows has very little effect on the temperature inside the car. This information is from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Another thing dog-lovers should be aware of is how hot asphalt gets. Walking your dog is great, but please let your dog walk in the grass, if possible. A quick and easy test to see if the street temperature is safe for your dog is to put the back of your hand on the pavement.  If you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.  This info is from Moon Valley Canine Training.  

PALS had a busy month. We took in 14 dogs, adopted out 11 and returned one to its owner. We took in nine cats, including some adorable kittens and adopted out five.  Currently, we have 18 dogs and 11 cats.

We want to thank all who came by our booth at the park during Katy Days.  We love seeing your pictures and hearing your stories about pets you’ve adopted from us. Thanks to you, it was a very successful fundraiser.

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up next week. Our annual rummage sale will be at Wesley United Methodist Church, 500 Leawood, on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. We will be at Wesley on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. to take in donations.  We sincerely appreciate your donations.

Our PALS Person of the Month is Debbie Williams. Debbie is in charge of the 12 PALS donation boxes located throughout Parsons.  She started out helping a friend and is now the person who checks those boxes every two to three weeks. She says, “I enjoy talking to the people I collect from.  If it wasn’t for the generous people who donate, I couldn’t do this.” We appreciate Debbie’s dedication and hard work.

PALS also has a “Donate” button on our Facebook page.  Proud Animal Lovers Shelter is classified by the IRS as a public charity and all your donations are tax-deductible.  (And they are greatly appreciated.)

Our board meetings have always been open to the public, but we haven’t done a good job of publicizing them. We meet at 5:15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.  To make our meetings more accessible to the public, we are moving them to the Kitchen Pass meeting room. Our next meeting is June 12.  We hope to see you there.

Patti Findley is vice president of the board of directors of PALS

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