For many, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! While this season brings joy to so many people, the weather conditions and constant hustle and bustle can also end up leaving pets and homeless animals alike out in the cold. Last year, we put together a list of important reminders for pet owners during winter. This year, we’re discussing tips for helping outdoor and homeless animals you might see suffering in the cold.
Baby, it’s cold outside!
Once the weather finally starts feeling like winter, we won’t be the only ones to feel the chill. If it’s too cold for you to be outside, odds are that it is too cold for an animal. If left outdoors, dogs and cats can freeze, become disoriented, get lost, be stolen, become injured or even die. If you’re able to take the animal in and give it a warm, safe shelter, do so. If you have pets already that won’t take well to an impromptu addition, you can still provide a makeshift shelter by using an old box and some towels and/or straw for warmth while you wait for space in a safe shelter to open.
Feed the need
Did you know that animals burn more calories in the winter to stay warm? Try feeding your animals a little more during the cold weather months to provide much-needed calories. Don’t forget to make sure there is plenty of fresh water for them to drink! Readily available clean water helps keep animals well-hydrated, which can prevent dry-skin issues that tend to pop up when colder weather is present.
Check under the hood
Your car engine doubles as a warm, dry place for small animals in the winter. Often, stray cats have been known to crawl under the hoods of cars to sleep. It’s important that you make a ruckus before getting in and cranking up, potentially killing any animals under the hood. Before you get in the car, bang against the hood to try and scare anything underneath it away.
Give the gift of a donation
Another way to help homeless animals is to donate to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Our organization was created to help care for injured, abused and neglected animals in the Mid-South until they find their warm, loving forever homes. And, unfortunately, there is always an uptick in animals brought into the Humane Society in the winter months. Every little bit of money you can offer will make a huge difference. Help us continue to provide a loving, safe environment for these animals by donating today.