Air Pollution Facts: How it Affects Your Pets


Puppy_sweaterHey kids! Believe it or not, bad air quality affects your pets, just as much as it affects you! Animals have smaller, more sensitive lungs than we do, which actually makes it harder for them to breathe than it is for us when air quality is poor. In fact, when the air is really smoggy, especially on Spare The Air days, they can feel up to 10 times worse than we do.

Here are ways you can help protect your furry friends from the harmful effects of air pollution:

  • Avoid taking your pets for a walk on hot afternoons
  • Keep your eye on them. If they are panting after only a few minutes outside, it means it’s too hot! Bring them back inside where it’s nice and cool
  • Leave them at home when your family makes a trip to the grocery store or runs other errands
  • If you are going on a vacation or day trip and want to bring your pets, have your parents check the daily AQI to see if the air is clean enough for them to come along

Protect your pet! Learn more about air pollution and how it affects us on the “All About Air Pollution Page.”

Q&A With Scooter!


Learn more about your favorite air quality friend, Scooter:

Q: Why are you named “Scooter”?

A: My friend, Kennedy Kell, from Sacramento named me Scooter because riding a scooter helps Spare The Air– it uses less gas than driving a car.

Q: What are your favorite ways to Spare The Air?

A: I like to Spare The Air by sharing car rides with friends, turning off the lights when leaving a room, recycling my soda cans, and reusing my refillable water bottle instead of opening a new bottle of water every time I’m thirsty.

Q: What else can my family do to help Spare The Air?

A: There are lots of things we can do with our families to help keep our air clean.

  • Avoid unnecessary car trips — encourage your family to bring their lunch to work or to work from home when they can
  • Encourage your family to have a plan when driving, link errands into one big trip — save fuel, save time, save money, and help Spare The Air
  • Plant a tree
  • Shop at farmers’ markets for locally grown fruits and vegetables
  • Walk, ride a bike, skateboard, or scooter, instead of driving

Q: What are your favorite activities to do?

A: I like skateboarding and playing catch with my friends. I also like doing the word search on my website!

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Pizza with doggy biscuits on it. It’s delicious.

Q: How old are you?

A: I’m six years old—which in dog years means I’m 42!

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do in the Sacramento area?

A: I love going to all the great community events we have here in the Sacramento region and making new friends. I visit schools, farmers’ markets, safety nights and even festivals! Check out my calendar to see where I’ll be next. I hope to meet you soon!

Q: Why is Sparing The Air important to you?

A: Sparing The Air is important to me because I want to protect the ones I love. I want everyone to be happy, healthy and have clean air to breathe.