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When Megan Brockman, owner of Urbana, VA restaurant, Café Mojo, read the story of a pair of dogs that died from heatstroke during Virginia’s recent hot spell, she decided to take some creative action against it happening again!
“A friend of mine has a kiddie pool for her dog and I thought, ‘There you go,’” she told ABC News.
The entrepreneur and dog lover purchased a stack of kiddie pools from the local Dollar Store and put them outside with a sign that read: “If Your Dog Has To Be Outside…Please Take a Pool To Help Keep Them Cool.” (see photo)
She added, “If the kiddie pools are gone, I’ll replace them as soon as I can,” signing it, “Thanks, Megan.”
In the 3 weeks since putting the pools out, dog owners have kept cool with about 30 of them so far. Megan says she relies on friends and family to bring pools by when they come to visit.
Last weekend, Brittany Magill and Matt Rogers, were visiting Urbana when they spotted the sign and the pools on their way out to dinner.
“My boyfriend saw it and said, ‘Oh, look at that sign. How cool is that?,’” Magill told ABCNews.com. “We just thought it was really sweet and generous for someone to offer up all these doggie pools.”
Magill posted her photo to Reddit, where it quickly went viral.
A small kiddie pool is an inexpensive, easy way to keep your dog cool and hydrated in the summer heat. For those that can’t afford one, or don’t understand how dangerous the heat can be for dogs, Megan hopes that others will see her sign and stack of pools and be inspired to do the same.
“If we can spread awareness and have people care more about all the living creatures then that would be amazing,” she said. “People aren’t the only creatures on the planet. Dogs can’t help themselves. People have to do it.”
To start a similar doggie pool giveaway in your own town, visit your local garden supply or big box stores for the inexpensive pools, reach out to friends and neighbors for donations, and be a part of the movement to save dogs’ lives!