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To protect your pet in our increasingly hot temps, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

Visit the vet for a spring or early-
summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication. 

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!

Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.

Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured. Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.

Please leave pets secured at home when you head out to Fourth of Julycelebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home. Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by downloading the ASPCA Mobile App. You’ll receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.

For other ways to help, download and share our hot weather safety infographic to alert others of the dangers your pets may face during the summer.

The Lebanon Enterprise 


By Stevie Lowery
(This article ran in January of 2016, but continues

to provide a very good description of how our shelter operates).

Pictured below is Marion County Animal Control Officer Kay Turpin posing for a photo with two

dogs who were on their way to a rescue group in Chicago. 

The staff at the Marion County Animal Shelter is saving more animals than ever before. According to last year’s statistics, 447 animals went to rescue groups, 114 animals were adopted and 63 animals were returned to owners.

Marion County Animal Control Officer Kay Turpin and her staff have worked tirelessly to try and save as many animals as possible, and rescue groups all over the country have helped tremendously with their efforts. “The last two to three years have been unbelievable,” Turpin said. “There are more rescue groups out there now and more people are aware.”  Social media has also helped, enabling Turpin to connect with rescue groups all over the country and beyond. “We send a lot of dogs to Minnesota and a ton of dogs to Canada,” she said. “Recently, we’ve been sending beagle hounds to San Francisco.”  Turpin’s brother, Brandon Beavers, has his own airplane and he’s helped transport dogs to rescue groups. Turpin also uses a non-profit organization called “Pilots N Paws” to transport dogs.

Turpin said they try to use local rescue groups, specifically in Lexington, but they are usually slammed with too many animals. “I’m real picky about the rescue groups we work with,” Turpin said. “Most of our rescues are foster-based. When they leave here they actually go to a home, not to another facility.” During the past five years, there have been many success stories, she said. “It is a lot of work,” Turpin said. “But, it’s worth it. It’s so rewarding.” Unfortunately, due to pet overpopulation issues, 412 animals were euthanized last year, and 90 percent of those animals were cats, according to Turpin. “The intake on cats was unbelievable,” she said. “It’s overwhelming. Even if they are barn cats, they need to be fixed. These cats are just reproducing too much.” To help with that problem, Turpin enacted a policy at the animal shelter that requires all pets to be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. “Nothing leaves here unless it’s spayed or neutered,” she said. “It’s not a choice.” Another big problem is the number of pit bulls being bred in the county.  “People think they are going to be able to sell them,” Turpin said. “A lot of them have been tied in the backyard with nothing. Some are malnourished. A lot of times they are aggressive. But, some of them are very sweet.”

Turpin said she is very picky about who is allowed to adopt pit bulls. This winter the shelter has been overwhelmed with many pit bulls, as well as many other dogs and cats, according to Turpin. “This has honestly been the busiest winter in the six years I’ve been here,” Turpin said. “We find homes for 10 dogs and we get 20 more. But, we give the animals every chance we can.”

Editor’s note: The animal shelter is always in need of old bed sheets, blankets and towels – anything that they can use for dog bedding. SPAY/NEUTER VOUCHERS ​

Marion County Animal Shelter  In The Heart of the Bluegrass

 If you've lost your best friend, call us and you might just FIND him here! 

Photo from ASPCA website




FROM THE aspca  


Quasi is a German Shepherd (above) with an extremely rare case of "Short Spine Syndrome" who was first brought to Marion County Animal Shelter as a stray in January of 2016 and is now an international celebrity. Watch his video:

and visit his very own Facebook Page!