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The Temperature’s Rising

Stella taught her mom just how much the heat can affect dogs by refusing to walk during a walk!

By Nikki Senecal

We adopted Stella from the Animal Coalition of Delaware County in late June last year. One day in August, on our regular morning walk, she lay down and simply refused to get up. It was hot, but it didn’t occur to me that my little black dog was even hotter! We cut our 45-minute walks down to 30 when the temperature was over 80 degrees per the vet’s recommendation. (Black animals are particularly susceptible to heat.) Symptoms of overheating in pets include:  

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • A deep red or purple tongue
  • White gums
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse.

They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with a temperature over 104 degrees.  Animals exhibiting these symptoms should see a vet as soon as possible. Fortunately for us, Stella knows how to let us know she’s too hot.

When the temperature rises, Stella gets ice cubes in her water. (Though there have been reports of bloat being associated with ice cubes, there seems to be no firm documentation. Know the signs of bloat and know your dog!)  Ice cubes in a cat’s bowl may help interest them in drinking. Sometimes cats will stop drinking when they need to most. 

Neither domestic rabbits nor guinea pigs tolerate extreme temperatures well. They should be kept indoors.   

Other recommendations for the warmer weather:    

  • Make sure pets have access to shade if they are outside.
  • Keep pets indoors if the temperature soars.
  • Beware of high-rise syndrome (pets falling through open windows). Make sure screens are fastened and unscreened windows are closed.
  • Don’t walk your pet on hot asphalt which can raise their body temperatures and burn paw pads.
  • Brush your cats more frequently in hot weather to keep them cool.

And of course, never leave your pets in the car on warm days. Even at 70 degrees, your car can become as hot as an oven in as little as thirty minutes.  

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Big Changes for a Little Guy

ACDC Foster Mom Jennifer Citrone with ChuChu, who she is currently fostering

“I want to provide Chu Chu with a fun, happy, positive environment while he is here—something he didn’t have before,” shares Animal Coalition of Delaware County (ACDC) Foster Mom Jennifer Citrone. At the moment, Jennifer is fostering Chu Chu, a tiny five-pound Chihuahua, who was found fending for himself in an abandoned apartment in North Philadelphia.

Chu Chu hadn’t been well cared for. For starters, when he was rescued, his nails were so long that they were almost growing back into his little paw pads. In addition, when Chu Chu arrived at Jennifer’s home, he was sneezing a bit and by the next day, his sneezing had gotten worse. He also began coughing. Jennifer took him to Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital, where he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and given medication.

Animals like Chu Chu who are rescued by ACDC are cared for by an approved ACDC foster parent in that person’s own home 24/7. ACDC foster parents provide love, attention, socialization, food, and other essentials to their foster animals until their permanent, adoptive families are found. The cost of vet care for the animals is covered by the organization, not the foster parents. Chu Chu will stay with Jennifer until he is over his illness and then he will be available for adoption.

Things are definitely looking up for little Chu Chu and we are certain that he will have no trouble finding his furever family soon thanks to his devoted foster mom! “I love being able to provide dogs with a positive place to stay,” shares Jennifer, who has fostered three dogs for ACDC thus far. “ACDC is also one of the smaller organizations and every one involved genuinely cares for animals. We’re not in it for the money—we’re in it for the satisfaction of finding the animals we foster a wonderful new home.” Learn more about fostering for ACDC. To read more about Chu Chu, click here.

August Update: Chu Chu was adopted in May and is doing great. His new mom, who renamed him Tucker, reports that he has settled in fully to his new digs. He has his own little beds all over the house, as well as friends at the park across the street where they go for walks every day! Also, his adoptive mom shares that he goes everywhere with her in his doggy bag!

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Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

At 12 years old, Lexie, now known as Roxie, got the home she deserves!

Lexie, now known as Roxie by her new adoptive mom, came to the Animal Coalition of Delaware County after a good Samaritan found her on the streets of Philadelphia. 

When she was found, Lexie had recently had a litter of puppies and was having some problems with sores where her puppies had nursed. It turned out that Lexie was quite an experienced momma. She was 12 years old and had been having two litters of puppies a year for most of her life. Can you imagine?! Her puppies would end up for sale at a local flea market and Lexie would continue on living in the same poor conditions year after year. As a result of all this frequent nursing and inadequate weaning of her puppies, poor Lexie’s problems were chronic and she needed surgery to cure them. She also had a few broken and infected teeth from living on the streets and needed extensive dental care. And last but not least, she needed to stop having puppies.

After taking antibiotics for over a month to fight the infections from all her long standing problems, she finally had surgery and had everything fixed all at once. Her foster mom was more worried for Lexie than she was! She picked her up the day after surgery expecting to find a sore and tired senior dog that was going to need a lot of TLC to nurse her back to health. Instead, Lexie came flying through the waiting room door like a puppy herself! She was almost uncontrollable with licks and kisses and hugs for everyone. Her foster mom thinks Lexie was just so grateful not to be sick anymore and was thanking everyone the only way she knew how.

While waiting for Lexie’s scars to heal and her stitches to be removed, she met up with her new adoptive mom, who had been waiting for Lexie to become available for adoption for two months! Lexie’s new mom knew that Lexie was the four-legged friend for her the minute she saw her. She joked that they were both senior ladies and were meant for each other! These days, Lexie, now known as Roxie, is a happy girl indeed! She has been living with her new mom for almost a month.

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Furever Homes: FOUND!

After 944 days in ACDC's foster care, Abner found his furever home!

For some reason, some of the animals being cared for by ACDC just take a long time to find their forever homes. We truly believe that each animal has a forever family out there and sometimes it just takes longer than others to find that family for each of our animals.

Recently, however, several of those animals that have been with us for a very long time—some more than two years—have found their forever families! Here are the stories of just two of those cats!

Abner: Adopted after 944 days in ACDC’s Foster Care!
Many of you know Abner. He has been in ACDC’s foster care for two and a half years. It’s anybody’s guess why a cat as adorable as Abner took so long to find his forever home. He’s a feisty social butterfly who only had one real drawback….his addiction to cat nip! However, when his new forever mom, Juli, saw Abner, it was love at first sight! “I chose Abner after one look at his picture. That’s all it took for me to fall in love with him and his playful spirit. He definitely is full of spirit and always keeps me entertained. I’m so happy to have him in my life.”

Adopted on January 10, Abner has adjusted to his new home and is as happy as can be. He gets along great with Juli’s 4-year-old son. Recently, Juli wrote, “Thank you so much for bringing us together. I just wanted to let you all know that I am so happy to have him in life. He always makes me laugh and is a blast to have around the house.” Way to go, Abner!!!

Maxine: Adopted after 281 days in ACDC’s Foster Care!
Maxine has been with ACDC since she was a baby. A former feral, she grew into a beautiful young lady while all the while her peers were being adopted as kittens—even her own sister found a home well before adulthood. Maxine did get adopted once but was returned—not because of anything she did wrong, but rather because the cat already living there, did not appreciate her fine qualities. So she sat and waited, and waited, and waited….

After 281 days in ACDC's foster care, Maxine found her furever home!

Enter her new mommy-to-be Bridget: She saw Maxine’s photo on the internet, read her story, and instantly applied to adopt her. When Bridget met Maxine, she fell in love all over again—it was a slam dunk! We couldn’t be happier for you, Maxine!

See all of the ACDC animals available for adoption.

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