HOUSTON (CW39) Memorial Day Weekend! It’s filled with sun, fun, food and is often called the unofficial start to summer. So, as you prepare for picnics, BBQs, and a whole lot of pool time and outdoor activities, more fun in the sun, pet owners need to remember to take precautions, so even your fur babies can enjoy the holiday weekend too!

Best Friends Animal Society, the leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025, wants you and your pet to enjoy the start of summer safely by following the below tips. 

Alcohol and Animals Don’t Mix: A good rule of thumb is to keep alcoholic beverages out of sight and on high surfaces because alcohol—even in small amounts—can be poisonous to pets.  

No Scraps About It: It’s important to remind any houseguests that table scraps and human snacks including some BBQ staples likes avocados, onions, and chicken bones are toxic to pets and can be choking hazards. Instead, keep pet treats on hand so your furry guests can enjoy the festivities without the risk. 

Pool Etiquette: Some pooches love the pool, but it’s important to remember not all dogs are expert swimmers. Never leave them unsupervised near any body of water, including pools, oceans or lakes. Also, don’t let your pet drink pool water–if chemicals such as chlorine are ingested in large amounts it can cause irritation and vomiting.  

Check out CW39’s Sharron Melton’s interview with Kerry McKeel with Best Friends Animal Society for more great tips!

Hydration Is Key: Pets can get dehydrated quickly so it’s important to have plenty of fresh, clean water on hand.  It’s a great idea for pet parents to carry a collapsible water dish for rehydrating. And if you’re spending time outdoors, make sure your pets always have access to a shady spot.  

Don’t have a pet? 

There’s no better time to adopt or foster a new best friend! There are tons of pets who are also fixed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ready to go home for just one low fee.  

To get started, visit bestfriends.org and find a local shelter or rescue where your perfect pet is waiting.   

About Best Friends Animal Society   

Best Friends Animal Society is the leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing 
of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 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 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all 
across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working 
collaboratively with a network of more than 3,600 animal welfare and shelter partners, and 
community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more 
information, visit bestfriends.org.