Group asks dog owners to bring their pets indoors during the heat

INDIANAPOLIS — Prepare your furry friends for potentially deadly heat next week.

The Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) want to remind dog owners that when temperatures reach 90 degrees, the city ordinance says you must bring your pet to a temperature-controlled building between 40 and 80 degrees.

“Ideally, we’d like the dogs to come into an air-conditioned home and run with their people, but even a basement,” said Darcie Kurtz, FIDO’s founder. “Basements usually stay pretty subdued, so this is a good option for some people. It could be a garage but it needs to be air conditioned or kept below 80 degrees.”

When temperatures hit 80 degrees, dogs also need some sort of shade like a tarp or tree canopy.

At all times, dogs should have access to fresh, cool water, regardless of the temperature.

If you see a dog outside, check first before calling the city to report it.

“If you see a dog outside, don’t assume it lives there,” Kurtz said. “It’s on people to check in a few hours and if it’s still hot then maybe go ahead and call animal care services. Especially if the dog shows signs of distress. “

You can contact IACS via Indy requestor by calling the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622.

If you need supplies, like an indoor crate or flea treatments, that will get your dog in, contact the FIDO Helpline at 317-221-1314.


Your dog must have access to:

  • A shelter constructed of solid wood or other weather-resistant materials with solid walls on all sides
  • Dry soil lifted above the ground
  • A sloped roof away from the entrance to protect your dog from bad weather and extreme cold

Enclosure or fenced compound

  • Your dog should have enough space to exercise when confined to a kennel, pen or enclosure that should be at least 100 square feet (eg 10ft x 10ft).
  • Any dog ​​over 80 pounds must be provided with 150 square feet of space
  • For each additional dog inside the enclosure, an additional 50 square feet must be provided

Extreme weather conditions

Your dog should be brought inside a temperature-controlled building between 40°F and 80°F, such as your home, when:

  • the outdoor temperature is 20°F and below
  • The temperature outside is 90°F and above
  • there is a heat advisory
  • there is a wind chill warning
  • a tornado warning has been issued


On any day when the temperature is at or above 80°F, your dog’s shelter should be shaded by trees or a tarp.


Your dog must have access to:

  • Continuous fresh drinking water
  • Food suitable for dogs and in sufficient quantity to maintain good health
  • A clean and hygienic environment with enough space to prevent the dog from standing, sitting or lying in its own excrement
  • Treatment of Open Lesions on Dog’s Skin Due to Insect Bites

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