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Rancho Coastal Humane Society News


119 degrees in direct sunlight and 88 in the shade. A dog walking or running on hot sidewalk can burn their paws when it’s this hot.

  • In direct sunlight the temperature was 132 degrees. In the shade it was 103.
  • The temperature on the newer, darker asphalt was 141 degrees.
  • 120 degrees on the grass in direct sunlight. The grass in the shade was 72. Walkers and runners can save their dogs pain and possible injury simply by using the grass beside a sidewalk or road. 
  • In direct sunlight the temperature was 145 degrees. In the shade it was 98.
  • The temperature of the door mat in direct sunlight was 153 degrees. The other end of the door mat, in the shade, was 87 degrees.  

Whether it’s walking, hiking or running….a pet left in the yard….or a pet playing on an artificial surface….make sure it has shade and water.

A simple way to check is to put the back of your hand on the ground. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

For more information about keeping pets safe during the hot weather call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to
Kennels and Cattery open 11 AM to 5 PM every day but Tuesday.

Budgeting for Your New Pet 

How much is that doggy in the window? There are many costs to consider, beyond the initial investment, when adding a pet to your family. On average, households in the U.S. spend more than $500 a year on their pets. With that in mind, here are some costs to keep in mind to ensure you and your new pet will be off to a great start: 

Initial costs for your new best friend: Adoption fees and the essentials like a leash and collar, food, water bowls, a bed and a crate. There will also be a fee for licensing your new pet with the animal service agency in your jurisdiction. Your new pet may also need to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped (animals adopted from San Diego Humane Society already include these care basics).

Ongoing costs: Food, treats, toys, pet insurance and flea medication for your pet.

The little “extra” costs that may occasionally arise: Medication, grooming, pet sitting and ‘the puppy ate my glasses’ expenses your new family member could cost you in the long run.

For more information on planning financially for your new pet, visit these useful resources: 

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