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Posted on: May 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City facilities open to help beat the heat

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Willamette Valley starting Saturday afternoon through Monday evening.  Temperatures are expected to reach the low 90s over the weekend and high 80s on Monday.

The following City facilities will be open during regular operating hours and all community members are welcome to visit to help stay cool.  

Eugene Public Library Hours and Locations

Downtown Library

100 W. 10th Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

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M-Th: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

F-Su: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Bethel Branch

1990 Echo Hollow Road

Eugene, OR 97402

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M, W, Th, F, Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tu: 12-8 p.m.

Su: Closed

Sheldon Branch

1566 Coburg Road

Eugene, OR 97401

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M, W, Th, F, Sa: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Tu: 12-8 p.m.

Su: Closed

Eugene Community Centers are open for regular hours:

  • Amazon and Petersen Barn community centers 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Hilyard Community Center 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Sheldon Community Center 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Campbell Community Center 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Pet Safety

It is extremely important to remember these safety tips to keep your furry family members safe:

Leave pets at home when running errands. Leaving your animal in a parked car, even for just a few minutes, can easily cause heat stroke or brain damage. On an 85-degree day, a car's interior temperature can climb to 104 degrees in 10 minutes, even with the windows slightly open. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat stress because they do not sweat in the way that humans do; they release body heat by panting.

Dogs should not ride in uncovered pickup truck beds. The hot metal truck bed can burn your pet’s paw pads.

Keep pets inside during the heat of the day; do not leave them outside unattended.

Make sure pets have access to water bowls full of cool, fresh water.

When pets are outside, be sure to provide shaded areas for them to rest in and invest in a misting hose or kiddie pool for a cool place for your pets to play.

Limit or skip on exercise and time at the dog park during the heat of the day.

Always test the pavement or sand with your hand before setting out (too hot to touch is too hot for your pet), walk early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler, carry water and take frequent breaks in shady spots. If you suspect your pet’s paws have been burned, contact your vet immediately.

Animal heatstroke symptoms can include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, vomiting, and lack of coordination. If your animal is overcome by heat exhaustion, consult your veterinarian right away. If you notice an animal in distress or unresponsive in a parked car, first try and locate the pet’s owner and alert him or her to the animal’s condition. If you cannot find the animal’s owner, call 911.

If you notice an animal in distress or unresponsive in a parked car, call 911. If an animal is not in distress and it is quicker to locate the owner, you may consider that in addition to calling for help.

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