AAWL takes unusual step to protect shelter dogs from heat

(file photo)

(file photo)

With record temperatures looming this weekend, the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter is taking an unprecedented step to ensure the safety of its dogs.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League will be closing on Sunday, June 19, normally a big day for adoptions, in order to send as many dogs as possible home with staff and volunteers for a couple of days, according to a press release.

The shelter is also renting additional cooling units to augment the ones they already have, and is appealing to the public for donations of cooling mats, a portable swamp cooler, large fans, or donations toward these necessities.

On Friday and Saturday, the shelter will run an adoption special to encourage potential adopters to act now. For select dogs, the outdoor temp that day will be the adoption fee, the release stated.

For more information about the shelter and adoptable dogs, go to www.aawl.org, or call 602-273-6852.

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