Press release
For immediate release
3 December 2015


SPCA asks pet owners to be extra careful this Summer.jpg-001It’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful sunshine with your best friend, but not everything we do in Summer is fun and games for our pets. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is cautioning pet owners to be mindful of their pets this festive season when partaking in outdoor events.

It is, hopefully, more common knowledge by now that leaving a pet locked inside a hot car, especially during the heat of Summer, is potentially life-threatening to your pet, because of the rapid rise in temperatures and the severe repercussions this can cause – such as overheating, dehydration, brain damage and even death – but perhaps lesser known is the effect a hot day has on your pets’ paws.

Many activities that grab our attention over the Summer months in the cape are events like markets, festivals, concerts etc. – many of which take place in areas where the only ground cover is asphalt/tar. Tar surfaces can, on hot Summer days, get so increasingly hot, that pets’ paws can burn. Since dogs sweat through the pads underneath their paws, having them walk on such a hot surface is contradictory to this natural cooling mechanism.

In the heat of Summer, remember to always have fresh cool water readily available and easily accessible for your pets – whether at home or out and about. Be sure to microchip your pets (with your updated details) or have them wear a collar and ID tag; and plan your outdoor/exercise activities for cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or evenings.

So before visiting markets in and around the cape this festive season, consider your pets’ wellbeing and re-think taking them on outings where their experience is not as fun as yours.

For more information, or to report any acts of cruelty toward animals, contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Inspectorate on 021 700 4158/9 or after hours for emergencies on 083 326 1604.




Issued by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. For editorial queries, contact Belinda Abraham or Moyo Ndukwana on 021 700 4154/43 respectively. Alternatively email