Meet Lucky, also known as Lucy by the volunteers and staff at the Second Chance Pet Rescue facility in Grove.

They call her Lucky, because she was found as a stray trying to make it on her own.

Luckily, she was rescued and brought to the shelter. She is a sweet Aussie Mix about 1-year-old. She's hoping for a new forever family.

The summer months can be uncomfortable, even dangerous, for pets like Lucky Lucy and people.

It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but it's important to keep our pets safe.

Second Chance Pet Rescue volunteers want you to remember that you can keep your pets safe and cool this summer by following these tips for helping your pets stay healthy and comfortable when the heat is on!

Basic summer safety tips are:

1. Never, ever leave your pets in a parked car. Not even for a minute! Not even with the car running and the air conditioner on.

On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. It takes only 15 minutes for an animal to get heat stroke. Your pet can suffer irreversible organ damage or die!

2. Limit exercise on hot days. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white colored ears who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing.

Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

3. Provide ample shade and water. Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible.

Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow. Important - A doghouse DOES NOT, let's repeat, DOES NOT, provide relief from heat. In fact, it becomes a sauna.

4. Watch for signs of heatstroke. Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs are heavy panting, glazed eyes, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, dizziness, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizures, and unconsciousness.

Animals at particular risk for heat stroke are those that are very old, very young, overweight or have heart or respiratory disease.

Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake is located on Highway 10, two miles east of the stoplight at Third and Main, in Grove.

Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. After hour appointments are available at 918-786-7630.

For more information, to adopt a pet, or to make a donation, persons interested may call 918-786-7630 or email hsgrove@att.net, follow the group on Facebook at http://bit.ly/secondchancepetrescuegrandlake, or visit http://doitforthepets.com. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 451205, Grove, OK., 74345.