How To Survive The 'Dog' Days Of Summer


Tuesday, August 9th 2011, 5:12 pm
By: News On 6


Rick Wells, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- We've all heard about the Dog Days of summer. It's no surprise then that we're right in the middle of them: that period between the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

So what do dogs do during the dog days?

Associate Director Lori Hall led us to the puppies.

While we walked, I asked about all the outdoor runs. She said they built them to house dogs from a confiscation in Wilburton in late June; 80 dogs, half a dozen cats, two horses and a duck.

Lori says the new anti puppy mill legislation could result in more confiscations of animals from unlicensed breeders. They held a special adopt-a-thon and placed about half the dogs from Latimer County that weekend.

"They don't need to grow up here," she said. "They need to grow up in a home, and be with a family."

That brings us to four black lab mixes rescued up in Nowata.

"They are $25 this month to adopt out," she said.

Adorable and inexpensive, they have a program called Job a Dog. Volunteers take them for walks. A sign alert the walkers if they're easy or difficult to walk.

We came out here wondering, during summer's dog days what dogs are doing. We found them doing what they always do.

"He's pooped, it's the dog days of summer," Lori said, laughing.

The Tulsa SPCA has a website with pictures of available dogs. More importantly, August is lonely hearts month. The adoption fee is $25 for all dogs with a heart beside its picture.