A local animal welfare group is issuing a warning about domestic pets and extreme heat, urging north-west locals to protect their furry friends from the Pilbara sun. It follows the case of foster cat Brin, who underwent surgery to remove parts of both her ears after developing skin cancer. SAFE Rescue has stressed that animals, particularly with white ears or noses, need be provided with extra sun protection due to their increased risk of skin cancer. Ears, noses, lips, eyelids and bellies are the areas most susceptible to cancer. SAFE founder Sue Hedley said cancer was more common in animals than people thought. “SAFE see the consequences of skin cancer in pets on a regular basis,” she said. “We work in some of the hottest areas in WA.” Ms Hedley said pet owners should check their pets for red or inflamed areas of skin which won’t heal, as well as crusty areas or hair loss in the affected area.