It is already becoming dangerous for pets in cars. Pet owners should not leave their animal in the car – even for a few minutes – when the hot weather arrives. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Pet owners are urged to refrain from leaving animals in the car, even with the windows cracked open.

Did you know that leaving a pet in a car on a warm day can be fatal? Pets can suffer brain damage or die of heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Every year thousands of pets suffer because they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their foot pads. 

Pets may be at risk for heatstroke if they exhibiting some or all of the following signs of distress:

  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Darkened tongue
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Drooling
  • Glassy eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of coordination

Pets at greatest risk of heatstroke are young pets, elderly pets, overweight pets, pets with shortened muzzles (pugs, boxers, etc.), and those with thick or dark coats. 

If a pet shows these symptoms, he should be brought into the shade immediately and you should contact your veterinarian. You may be advised to provide small amounts of water to drink, apply a cold towel or icepack to the pet’s head, neck or chest, or immerse your dog in lukewarm water to begin lowering his body temperature prior to transport to the hospital. 

If you do see a pet in distress, take down the car’s color, make, model and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings or call the police/local animal control. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. Be a part of the solution and get involved. 

Mesquite City Ordinance 10-5-6 B It is unlawful for any person to confine an animal in a motor vehicle under conditions or for such a period of time as may endanger the health of such animal due to heat, cold, lack of food or water or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering. Fines $500.00

Dogs- at this time there are no dogs available for adoption at the shelter. Please check our Petfinder site for updates. 

Featured cats 

These two ladies have been waiting to find a “fur-ever” home. they are special needs kitties  would love to have a real home with a person or family to share their lives with. 

Paris has kidney disease which means she will need to be on a special diet for the rest of her life. She has dry and canned food that she eats. Paris isn’t a snuggle/hug me cat. She likes calm, quiet and loves watch out the window or just lounge around in the cat condo watching everyone. 

Mia is de-clawed on her front paws. Mia is overweight and is doing well on her diet and exercise program while she slims down to a  healthy weight. She has been playing with toys ,walking around the room and jumping in and out of her cage. She likes to sit on your lap or beside you so it is easier  for you to be able to give her the petting she so loves. 

Do you have room in your home and heart for one of these special girls? Plea check them out at the shelter during adoption hours listed below.. 

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268 

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information.  and