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An automobile can be a death sentence for your dog. Your car/truck can go from 22 degrees Celsius to 47 degrees Celsius in less than 15 minutes, even with the windows left open a crack. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke, brain damage, and likely death. If the car is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog!  

Hot sand and hot pavement will burn your dog's paws. Test the surface with the palm of your hand. If it is too hot for you, it's too hot for your dog.

Exercise only in the early morning or late day. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your dog.

Provide your dog with plenty of fresh water (ice cubes in the water will help keep it cooler longer).

Provide outside dogs with a shady area. If you are out on a hot day with your dog an umbrella is a good shade device.

Remember if it's too hot for you, it's way too hot for your fur-covered friend.

Signs of heatstroke: Pale gums, heavy panting, frothing at the mouth, disorientation, increased heart rate.

Take action! Remove the dog from the heat. Apply cool water or a towel soaked in cool water. Offer cool drinking water. Do not wrap in ice as this can cause constriction of blood vessels and shock. Take to the Vet as soon as possible.


Okanagan Small Dog Rescue offers a low-cost spay/neuter program to those with reduced income. Below are the Qualifications if anyone is interested:


Applicants must have an income of no more than $40,000.00 per year per household.

Must provide a copy of the previous year's tax return no exceptions.

Dogs under 50 lbs costs are $25.00

Dogs over 50 lbs costs are $40.00

You have sixty-day days once approved to get the procedure done.


The procedure will take place at Panorama Vet


10051 Hwy 97 North Unit 27

Lake Country, BC V4V1P6


You are responsible for transporting your dog to and from Veterinary Clinic

If you are interested or know someone who could benefit from this program please contact


Time seems to be moving at warp, or at least triple speed! It's hard to believe this wonderful trio, the little 3 have only been in a home that our rescue has placed them in for a little more than 3 months, which includes a senior brother Yogi. What a busy and productive 3 months it has been! They are definitely settling in and are making themselves at home. Comfort, health and healing have been the priorities in caring for Hannah, Brie and Albus which in turn has brought about great results for each of them.

ALBUS: The raven haired love bug would like nothing more than to get as close as possible for snuggles and cuddles. After an extended course of antibiotic treatment that had more than a few challenges, this boy can sniff out all medication no matter how well hidden it is. Albus has improved greatly and has recovered from his pneumonia. He does continue to have an occasional wheeze and snotty snout but he doesn't let that slow him down. He loves to run but as the self-designated protector, he doesn't go far and is quick to check in on his girls.

BRIE: This sassy girl may not have 100% hearing, but she has definitely found her voice. With Albus taking the lead, she lets the neighborhood hoomans know that she has something to say. The extensive skin condition that took over her body and ears is about 90% healed and she is very happy about it. Although Brie would like to stop the medications that keep things in check, she does not object to additional treats to help her make the medicine go down. She was well enough recently to have her first grooming and it was "so good". She will be having her teeth done very soon.

Hannah: It's hard to resist this girl when she gazes up at you and oh so gently places her paw on your leg to remind you of your job to pet her or even better, to share your snacks. She's not at all happy with her diet, but results are impressive. Last weigh in she's lost almost 2 kg! The joy on her face as she runs (YES-runs) along side her siblings is unmistakable. She wiggles happily from head to toe when it's time for her leash and a walk. She continues to work so hard to keep up with Albus and Brie. Her weight loss and medication have been a great help for her trachea and her daily/frequent cough has improved to only the occasional episode.

These precious 3 are such joyful and resilient little ones that are so very full of love! They have embraced their new world and tackle each day with great enthusiasm.

Although they have made fabulous progress, they will require to be on medication for the rest of their lives for their chronic conditions.

Please consider providing a donation to their ongoing care and treatment. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

​Okanagan Small Dog Rescue is run completely by volunteers.
We give up our time and hearts to do this. We will make mistakes or we will forget a phone call and sometimes we may take too long to respond to your email. Please respect that we are always doing the best that we can do.
Our mandate states ‘No dog shall die for lack of medical care” AND THIS is what we do best.
We would like to share your story and pictures of your rescue dog that you have adopted through Okanagan Small Dog Rescue. Please email to:


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