Urgent need at animal shelter

Summer is not only brutal on humans who live in Palm Springs, but also to the animal population. Case in point: The Palm Springs Animal Shelter has reached capacity, with nearly 400 animals on site, many needing medical attention.

Officials at the shelter say the issue is an influx of surrendered pets as residents face housing challenges and simply cannot keep animals at shelters or in their new apartments and homes.

Increased donations, fostering and adoption are urgently needed. To help, check out the shelter site here. Later this month, the shelter hosts its largest adoption event of the year — Clear The Shelter. On Saturday Aug, 17, from 10 AM-5 PM adoption fees will be no more than $50, and include spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

See or hear helicopters? Here’s why

If it’s summer, it’s mosquito season. That means helicopters buzzing Palm Springs neighborhoods at dusk.

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (not the police department) is operating helicopters in the city, spraying a low-level of pesticide to combat mosquitos due to an elevated activity of West Nile virus in the Coachella Valley. While the pesticide (VectoBac WDG) is not harmful to humans and pets, it’s still advised to avoid going outside on spray days between the hours of 2 AM and 7 AM within the boundaries of Ramon Road, Gene Autry Trail, Sierra Way, and the base of the mountain. The last spraying is scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7.

Elsewhere in the Valley the district is using truck-mounted sprayers and ground crews to combat the insects. No human West Nile virus infections have been reported this year in the county, but the virus has been found in some trapped mosquitos. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

There are preventative measure you can take to help control the mosquito population, including draining all standing water on your property (pools usually have chemicals that mosquitos don’t like).

The city has more information about West Nile here.