Summer Kicks Off Monday: Here’s How to Keep Your Pets Safe

It’s starting to look a lot like summer. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the sunny season, which for many means spending more time outdoors and going on road trips. With close to 70 million Americans households including a dog or cat, it’s important to make sure everyone stays safe.

Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters in 2025, offers these tips to enjoy the summer while preventing potential accidents or injuries.

· Lots of H20: Pets get dehydrated quickly so it’s important to have plenty of fresh, clean water on hand. Carry a collapsible water dish for rehydrating in warm temperatures, especially if you’re traveling or enjoying an outdoor adventure.

· Water Should Be Dogs and Cats Only Cocktail: Keep alcoholic beverages out of reach and on high surfaces. Alcohol—even in small amounts—can be poisonous to pets.

Don’t Be Scrappy: Summer food staples like avocados, grapes, ice cream, and onions can cause serious intestinal problems in pets. Instead, freeze pet-approved fruits and vegetables like watermelon, blueberries, or carrots for a healthy, cool treat they’ll love.

· Be Cool Around the Pool: Some pooches love the pool, but it’s important to remember not all dogs (or cats) are ready to take the plunge. There are pet-centric life vests that will keep a dog afloat, if they are new to water activity. Just remember, do not let pets drink pool water–if chemicals such as chlorine are ingested in large amounts, they can cause irritation and vomiting. And always keep your pool gated when not supervised.

· Throwing Shade: Ideally, pets should be kept indoors during heat waves. Any time your pet needs to be outdoors, make sure to provide adequate shade during the hottest parts of the day. Also try to arrange walks early in the morning or later in the day when the sun isn’t as strong.

· Protect Their Skin: Those festive water shirts aren’t just for humans anymore. You can find them for dogs now, perfect for those with light-colored fur and skin. There’s pet-friendly sunscreen, too.

If you’re looking for a sidekick to enjoy summer with, there’s never been a better time to bring a dog or cat home! Pets are free to adopt at all Best Friends Animal Society locations across the country through June, thanks to Blue Buffalo and Walmart.

To find a Best Friends location or a shelter or rescue near you, visit bestfriends.org.

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters and make the country no-kill in 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 400,000 last year. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,700 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.