Yesterday, the UK’s longest indoor snow slope, Chill Factore, opened its doors to pooches seeking some respite from the scorching summer sun
The heatwave may have been eagerly anticipated by Manchester and the rest of the UK after so many weeks of bleak weather, but for many pet owners it’s a time for concern as they want to ensure their much-loved pups don’t overheat.
The RSPCA has recently issued a warning that not long is too long for a dog to be left in a car in this heat and are urging dog owners to be mindful of their canine friends’ welfare in hot weather.
Back by popular demand, yesterday Chill Factore hosted special doggy chill sessions, where dogs and their owners came to play in the real snow and cool down away from the warm summer weather.
Chill Factore also invited guests to make a £5 donation to Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home for every dog that attended. On explaining why dogs need to keep cool on hot days, Steve Mapley, Home Manager from Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home said, “Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin, so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paws and pads.
“Once a dog shows signs of heatstroke the damage is already done so it’s important to prevent this and keep them cool.”
Dog owner and Chill Factore CEO, Morwenna Angove said: “We were pleased to be able to offer a cool haven for our four-legged friends in and around Manchester.
Quite often a pet is also considered part of the family, so by opening Chill Factore to dogs too, we provided a destination that really did welcome every member of the family.”
Kept at a cool -3 to -5 degrees, Chill Factore was the paw-fect place for furry friends to take a break from the heat.