TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS WARM IN THE COLD
When the temperatures drop, don’t forget about your four-legged friends.
The easiest way to ensure pets make it through cold nights safe and sound is bringing them indoors, but Thomas Sham at the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter said he knows that’s not always possible.
Even if an animal remains outside, it’s important to give them a proper shelter to keep warm, Sham said.
“Just make sure it has a warm and dry place to stay,” he said.
Face dog houses away from potential wind gusts, ensure they’re a few inches off the ground and include plenty of blankets and straw or hay. Some dogs can tolerate cold much better than others, but it’s best to err on the side of caution and bring them indoors overnight.
Feral cats have a tough time in the cold too, but there are ways you can help them stay warm in winter. Building shelters out of plastic storage bins, insulation and Styrofoam coolers is one popular, low cost option.
If you believe an animal is in need of help, here are some numbers you can call for assistance:
- Tuscaloosa Animal Control: 205-248-5840
- Tuscaloosa County Animal Control: 205-464-8600
- Northport Animal Control: 205-339-6600