Pet Safety: How to Keep Pets Safe in Winter
Keep your pet warm in cold weather with these tips.
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With freezing weather approaching, Austin-area animal shelters are preparing for the colder temperatures and are looking to the community to adopt pets to keep them warm.
Forecasts from the National Weather Service office at Camp Mabry Say there is a 30 percent chance. Freezing rain is possible late Sunday night and into Monday morning
The shelter also has 30 barn cats in need of foster homes. If people are unable to adopt a pet, the shelter is asking for financial donations or the following items: a portable charging station, extension cords 50 feet or longer, work light extension cords, Snoggy Disc bedding warmers, heating pads, hand Warmers, headlamps and straws.
The shelter advises pet owners to keep their animals warm by bringing them inside and using sweaters or blankets. People are advised to check the cat’s engine before starting their cars.
Trinity Sorrels, a spokeswoman for the shelter, said during a Facebook live stream that most of the dogs in need of emergency foster care are large or older in outdoor enclosures at the shelter. He said the need for emergency nursing would be short-lived.
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“What we really need is for the community to come forward and foster some of these larger, 40-plus (pound) pets,” Sirles said. “We are truly grateful for the people who are willing to just step up and adopt any pet that we need. It would truly mean the world to us.”
The Austin Animal Center is preparing for the cold front by asking the community to donate XL dog sweaters for their short-haired pets. Sweaters can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 7201 Lavender Loop, Building A, in East Austin from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. bit.ly/aacwishlist.
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is seeking help to foster more than 200 dogs and 30 cats during the cold weather. If people can’t foster, they can donate towels, blankets and paper bags to the shelter.
April Pfeffer, spokeswoman for the shelter, said, “Flooring temperatures present challenges for our furry friends, and fostering provides a comfortable retreat for the love and care that winter brings. They can only get in one house.” “Many of our adoptable dogs are looking for temporary shelter during this tough season, and your open heart can make a world of difference.”
Pfeffer said shelter staff members are working to keep the animals in one area to make it easier to care for them., And they have added insulation to the outdoor and indoor kennels. He said staff are monitoring the situation to see if they will have to spend the night with the animals.
If the shelter has to close or staff can’t go to the shelter, Pfeffer said, they are making sure the dogs and cats have enough enrichment and toys.
Those interested in fostering can visit the shelter at 1855 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown between noon and 6 p.m. People can view the dogs that are available here. wilcotx.gov/pets.
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