PHOENIX - Many organizations around the Valley are focusing on making the summers a little more comfortable for the Valley's homeless population and now one group thinks it's time to help the animals that belong to them.
Often times, homeless youth will be caring for a dog that also happens to be their only companion. They help them and take care of them to the best of their ability, but can't always protect their feet from the hot asphalt.
In Arizona, especially during the summer, the ground can reach temperatures of 140 degrees or more , causing dangerous and painful burns.
The ASPCA says burned paw pads can appear as blisters or loose skin. Other sources say burned pads can even be unapparent. A dog may appear reluctant if they have hurt paws or may show no signs of pain.
The Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development is asking for donations of dog shoes and booties to help relieve the heat from their bare feet.
Throughout the summer, canine foot protection donations can be dropped off on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3707 N. 7th St., Suite 305.