ATLANTA — When a local nonprofit organization focused on training service dogs noticed one of its facilities was not staying cool enough, the phone rang and the problem was solved when an HVAC company was looking to help.

Canine Assistants received a call on Sept.14 from Estes Services in Atlanta whose timing couldn’t have been any better. After a brief conversation, officials at Estes had determined the puppy barn had been warmer than normal this summer. The very next day, Estes sent a diagnostic technician out who identified and repaired the issue on the spot at no cost to Canine Assistants.

“We have a special place in our hearts for dogs, especially those designated as service dogs,” said Tommy Estes, owner of Estes Services. “We knew this was something we had to do to make sure all those dogs were not overheating. Having a canine mascot, Bo, we knew this was the right thing to do and look forward to finding more ways to help out such an awesome organization.”

Canine Assistants team members were doing what they could to keep the pups cool by laying out cooling pads to ensure the dogs were not overheating. Keeping the dogs cool is important because dogs have a slightly elevated body temperature in comparison to humans. The average hovers around 101.5°F, and a temperature increase in living conditions can potentially create health risks.

“The safety and well-being of our future service dogs is top on the list of importance to Canine Assistants, and keeping them cool during the summer months is a priority,” said Grace Murphy, director of development, Canine Assistants. “We cannot thank Estes Services enough for coming out to the farm to fix our a/c system to make sure our dogs have comfortable kennels to stay in. Their commitment to the community is outstanding.”

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Publication date: 9/29/2017

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