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While the weather lately hasn’t exactly made it feel like summer, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha is preparing for the upcoming forecast by hosting a “Kitten Shower” and spreading awareness on pet behavior during thunderstorms and firework shows.

On June 23, HAWS will hold a family-friendly, free event featuring adoption specials on kittens and adult cats, raffle prizes, desserts, and information on Kitty College — a program aimed at helping kittens adapt to a family environment as well as play with other kittens.

Those looking to take home a new pet will have to pre-apply and set up an appointment ahead of time. Visit www.hawspets.org for more information. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In anticipation for fireworks season and actual summer weather, HAWS has released information on pet care during thunderstorms and firework shows as well as tips on how to ensure that your pet doesn’t overheat.

Thunderstorm and fireworks safety tips:

  • Leave pets securely at home, indoors, during fireworks shows or stormy conditions. Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced-in yard.
  • Turn on air conditioning or a fan for background noise.
  • Put away anything that can be damaged or might harm your pet if they tend to chew when stressed.
  • Make sure your pet has I.D. tags, I.D. written on their color and a microchip. Microchips are available at HAWS seven days a week, no appointment necessary.
  • Consider hiring a pet sitter during fireworks shows, especially if you will be away for several hours.

Heat and pets cautions:

  • Never leave pets unattended in a parked car. The temperature inside a vehicle, even with windows open, can climb more than 30 degrees per minute depending on conditions.
  • In extreme weather, pets should remain indoors in a climate-controlled, secure environment.
  • When outside, make sure pets have protection from heat and sun, and plenty of fresh, cool water. A dog house does not provide relief from heat.
  • Heat stroke can be fatal for pets as well as people. Exercise pets in early morning or evening hours.
  • Stay away from hot asphalt whenever possible to help avoid burns to sensitive paw pads.
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