1/2/2014 4:49 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKWITH - As cold weather approaches southern West Virginia Thursday night, shelter staff at the New River Humane Society in Fayette County are urging pet owners to keep their animals warm.
In addition to making sure your cats and dogs have plenty of unfrozen water, it's also important to give them extra food in the cooler temperatures.
It's recommended that outdoor animals be kept in shelters that adequately block out wind and snow. Straw and cedar chips can help them stay dry.
Employees at New River suggest keeping cats indoors because windchill can hurt them and cause them to lose toes.
"They need extra care when it's cold," Carrie Carr told Newswatch. "I mean, you wouldn't want to be out there. Just picture yourself out there, and you wouldn't want to be out there either. If you're uncomfortable in it, so are they."