Freezing Temperatures Threaten Homeless Animals

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When temperatures drop dangerously low, it isn’t only humans that can be left out in the cold.

Local rescue groups and shelters are fighting to get homeless animals off the streets and into homes, but they can’t do it alone.

Bitter cold, and winter weather can cause dangerous conditions for homeless animals.

“This is not a problem that one shelter can solve, it’s not a problem that one rescue can solve, there’s several groups in town, they’re all busy, we’re all feeling the same strain,” Sue Buchholz, Central Dakota Humane Society says.

A strain heightened by freezing temperatures that threaten the lives of those without shelter.

“Well, in 20 below, they’re just not going to make it,”Buchholz says.

Local shelters say these freezing temperatures are dangerous for dogs and cats who are homeless, so if you find a dog or cat without a home, pick up the phone and call.

“We want people to call us and tell us you can come get live traps from us and live trap them and we will help take them off your hands,” Julie Schirado, Furry Friends Rockn’ Rescue says.

Because Schirado says dogs and cats just aren’t made to stand extremely cold temperatures.

“People have to be educated to get them out of the cold,” Schirado says.

And even though shelters work to save as many animals as they can, it’s not enough.

“We have taken in hundreds in just the last twelve months hundreds of animals that we’ve gotten fixed, gotten shots, and gotten to warmth, but we’ve lost hundreds,” Schirado says.

And that’s where you come in.

“We need the community’s help to step up and call us and let us know so we can figure out as a team how to fix everything,” Schirado says.

Local shelters can’t house all the animals who need shelter during the winter, so Schirado says they are always in need of people to foster.

“Really, really, think when you’re driving down the road and you see a cat or a dog, if it was your animal would you want someone to pick it up, I sure would,” Schirado says. 

To keep animals safe and out of the cold.

Furry Friends says if you know of any animals without a home, simply providing hay or some kind of shelter outside your home and calling your local rescue can help animals living out in the elements.

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