Extreme heat causes closure of Arizona Animal Welfare League

PHOENIX - Due to the dangerous levels of heat plaguing the Valley, the Arizona Animal Welfare League will be closing its doors to the public Tuesday and Wednesday. 

In a release, officials said this is only the third time in the shelter's 47-year history that it has closed to the public due to excessive heat. 

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Shelter volunteers and employees will focus their efforts on distributing cooling mats, ice treats, kennel games, and monitoring kennel temperatures between short, and supervised bathroom breaks to its dogs. 

AAWL volunteers also plan to take adoptable dogs home through Wednesday to give as many dogs access to air conditioning as possible. 

Regular hours will resume on Thursday when the shelter opens at 11:30 a.m.

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