August Tip of the Month

The dog days of summer are here!

It does get hotter here in our Valley, and we have a few ideas to keep your pets cool and comfortable this summer.

We cannot stress enough….Do not leave your pets in the car. Overheating can cause death or brain damage! This time of year as little as 10 minutes in a parked car can lead to heat stroke, permanent brain damage and death. Temperatures inside a car can soar to 160 degrees within minutes. Even cracking the windows or parking in the shade offers little protection for your pets, as your vehicle becomes a furnace.


Don’t force your pet to exercise during the heat of the day. Exercise him early in the morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.

In really hot weather, don’t leave your dog standing on the hot street. Paws can burn since they are not protected by shoes.

If you take your dog on vacation, camping or hiking with you be prepared. Always have plenty of water available and a shady place where they can cool down.

At home, your pet needs to have fresh clean water at ALL times. This means inside and outside the home. Keep his water dish clean and free from algae and dirt.

Make sure your dog has adequate shelter. A sturdy dog house is best, or you may choose to build a shelter. Make sure it is covered to allow your dog to get underneath and get out of the weather.

If possible, bring your pet inside during the heat of the day. Your pet will appreciate the cool break from the outdoor temperatures.

Be sensitive to older short- snouted breeds, such as Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus. These breeds are already susceptible to upper respiratory problems, and the heat may bring about or make an existing condition worse.

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. Total bail $500.00


Featured dog- Huey

He is an energetic male that is very playful. He is an Australian shepherd mix and is around 1-2 years old. Huey knows basic commands (sit, shake, and lay down). He does seem to need a little help with his house-training, but is very smart and learns quickly. He needs a secure yard with a high fence as he loves to travel and meet new people.

Other available dogs

Peanut -Border Collie/Beagle Prefers women to men. Likes being with his person. 

Bowser- American Bulldog/Pit bull terrier. Smaller in size but strong.  


Shadow- Border/Aussie Does not like being alone. Housetrained, smart boy wants to please.

Molly- Pit bull terrier. Friendly and loves being with people. Knows sit and doing well on leash training.

Zara- heeler blend 4 months old. Needs an active family with room to run and exercise.


Featured cat- Rose

Seal point Siamese. Rose came to shelter with 4 babies. She gave her all to raising her babies and it is time for her to get a chance at a loving home. She is friendly and loves attention. She needs to gain some weight.

Other available cats

Meg – Calico Friendly. Plays with toys. Very laid back. Loves being brushed

Luna -Likes watching everyone. Quiet cat. Best as only cat in home

Jasmine –Tortoiseshell   Calm lady. Likes sitting with you and being petted. Quiet home

Paris -She likes being where she can watch everyone and what is going on around her. Only cat in home please. Not a lap cat. Special diet

Izzy- She is shy but loves attention and playing with toys.

We will have some kittens available for adoption soon. Please check with the shelter.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268 

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

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