Chico shelter needs ice to keep animals cool

The Chico Animal Shelter is in need of ice blocks to help cool down dogs in the heat.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 11:24 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 11:32 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Animal Shelter is in need of ice blocks to help cool down dogs in the heat.

Manager Tracy Mohr said the shelter puts the ice blocks in the kennels with the dogs. 

There are over 70 kennels at the shelter. Mohr said with the high temperatures, sometimes the dogs go through two blocks each day. 

Ice blocks can be found at most grocery stores and gas stations. 

"We have fans going [and] we have swamp coolers, so that helps keep things cool but sometimes it's just so hot and having that ice block in the run with the dog actually cools off that little microenvironment that they're in," Mohr said. "And then, a lot of the dogs like to play with the ice blocks. They'll lick them, they'll bite them, some of them will even lay on top of them. It also gives them something to do." 

Those looking to help out can visit the shelter's Facebook page and donate online. Or, people can also drop off supplies in person at 2579 Fair Street, Chico. 

Employees at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding also do a lot to keep the animals cool during the summer. 

Apart from giving them a lot of shade, they also use misters during the hot afternoon and give them ice to cool off. 

Additionally, caretakers also give the animals a "bloodsicle" made from frozen meat. 

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