With the summer months finally here, we need to remember to help animals survive and thrive on hot days. Since natural water sources can dry up, consider putting out a shallow dish with cool water or even filling up a plastic tub and placing it outside. Birds and other small animals will flock to get a cool drink of water. And if you have a dog, it's important to avoid taking it outside between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. These are the hottest hours of the day, and surfaces like sidewalks and roadways can be too hot for its sensitive paws.