Summer Fun for Cool Canines event in Bangor!

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has joined forces with Ards and North Down Borough Council to run a ‘Summer Fun for Cool Canines’ event in Bangor on Tuesday 27 August.

Graphic of dog with event details

The summer months might be coming to a close but there are plenty of warm days ahead. That’s why Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has partnered with Ards and North Down Borough Council to run a ‘Summer Fun for Cool Canines’ event in Bangor on Tuesday 27 August as part of the Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign.

Located at Luke’s Point car park on the Seacliff Road, near Bangor’s soon to be opened dog park, the event will be held from 10.30am to 1.30pm and will raise awareness about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars while providing dog owners with practical tips to keep their dog cool and safe during warm days.

Just a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal for dogs and yet every year animal welfare charities and the police receive thousands of reports of animals being left alone in cars on warm days.

Laura McAnea, Campaigns Manager at Dogs Trust, said:

“Many people still believe that it's OK to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or if they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's not.

“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm and a dog can die in a hot car in 20 minutes. When it's 22 degrees outside, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

“We are delighted to be working with Ards and North Down Borough Council to raise awareness of the dangers of this and to try and prevent the heartbreak and distress caused when a much loved family pet suffers, or dies, because they have been left in a car on a summer’s day.”

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“We want everyone to enjoy the warm days with their dogs, safely. Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much loved family pet yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s life by leaving them alone in a car on a warm day.

“Working with Dogs Trust we are determined to remind people to never leave their dog in a car on a warm day, and to make sure members of the public know the correct action to take if they spot a dog in distress.”

Dogs Trust and the Council advise that if you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call your local Animal Welfare Officer who will liaise with the PSNI to organise the rescue of the dog. This will help ensure the dogs can be removed from the car as quickly as possible, in a safe and legal manner.

Signs of heat stroke in dogs include heavy panting, excessive drooling, vomiting, being drowsy and uncoordinated and collapsing. To help a dog in this condition, place them in the shade, pour small amounts of tepid, not cold, water onto their body, help them to drink small amounts of tepid water and once their breathing has settled, call the nearest vet.

The ’Summer Fun for Cool Canines’ event is free to attend and offers free doggy ice cream, free microchipping and even a free pool party so bring your pooch along on Tuesday 27 August between 10.30am and 1.30pm!

To find out more about caring for dogs in hot weather, visit