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A pat on the head for Kelowna businesses that allow dogs inside during summer

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July 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KELOWNA – When hot weather settles in, responsible dog owners everywhere are forced to make a decision - take their pets with them on summertime adventures or leave them at home where they're safe from the heat.

Every summer Local SPCA and RCMP warn how dangerous it is to leave an animal in a hot car. Kelowna SPCA manager Sean Hogan says the safest place for a dog is always going to be indoors but realizes "things come up."

"Sometimes you have to take your pet in the car," he says.

To help make running errands with your dog safer, Hogan and his staff put together a list of some local businesses deserving of a treat and a pat on the head.

The list, he says, is just a start and they plan to focus on West Kelowna and Lake Country next. 

"We're hoping the public can help us out a bit too."

These are some businesses around Kelowna that are summer pet friendly:

Cedar Creek Estate WinerySummerhill Pyramid Winery and Tantalus Vineyards also have all confirmed dogs are welcome.

*Visit this page for the complete list of Kelowna businesses updated from readers' comments.

One type of business has been left off the list. To help customers' dogs beat the heat, some local restaurants have opened their patios. It's not something the SPCA recommends.

“It is not necessarily better welfare for a dog to be sitting tied up in the sun, on the pavement,” Hogan warns.

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