It’s the hottest event of the summer! Join the Lake County Animal Shelter and L.E.A.S.H., Inc. for “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats,” on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Hosted at the shelter, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, this fun-filled family event offers pet adoptions at no cost and free hot dogs and popsicles.

Summer is a wonderful season for families to consider adopting a pet. Children are home from school and are able to spend time bonding and caring for their new best friend. In fact, having a family dog can benefit a child’s emotional intelligence, according to the scientific study “The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-being: Effects on Child Development.” Some ways include increasing self-esteem and compassion, helping children feel accepted, improving cognitive development, lessening stress and contributing to overall happiness and health.

To find out more about the Lake County Animal Shelter, or to adopt or volunteer, stop by the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, call 352-343-9688 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/LCAS. For the most up-to-date information and photos of adoptable animals, follow the shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyAnimalShelter and Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakeshelterpets.

The event is sponsored by L.E.A.S.H., Inc., a non-profit agency based in Lake County that directly benefits shelter animals in need. For more information, visit www.leashinc.org, www.facebook.com/LEASHinc, or call 352-340-3803.