During the month of August, pretty much everything closes down in Rome, except for tourist services! Even our church, Caravita, does not have services during the month of August.
In our Garbatella neighborhood, the bakery, the corner grocery store, the bookstore, the coffee bar... all closed for vacation.
There were billboards all over Rome like this one below, encouraging people not to abandon their dogs while on vacation.
Here is a translation from my friend at the blog Willy or Won't He?
You have the choice?
Are you humane
Leave him with a relative. Leave him with a friend.
Leave him with a keeper. Leave him at a kennel.
But don't leave him in the street. Think about it!
It is a criminal offence to abandon an animal.