- With single-digit temperatures expected for the rest of the week, shelter
employees encourage pet owners to keep their four-legged friends warm.
Workers at the Humane Society of
Raleigh County explained they keep their shelter animals indoors because they animals
cannot withstand the cold for long periods of time.
It is recommended to bring outdoor
pets inside, but if you cannot, make sure they have plenty of bedding made from
pine, cedar or straw. Do not use cloth bedding because it freezes. Also make
sure their water has not frozen and give them fresh food.
If you are cold outside, chances are
your pet is too, said Pet Adoption Counselor Joyce Stover. “If they're shivering,
bring them in because…they only have their fur and their fur can only keep in
so much heat, especially in this cold weather,” she explained.
Shelter workers recommend giving
outdoor pets fresh food and making sure their water has not frozen. Stover said
once you start seeing your cat or dog lifting their feet continuously, it means
it is too cold for them to be outside.