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How to Help Stray Animals This Winter
Pet owners love their feline, canine, avian, and reptilian companions, but not every animal is lucky enough to have a home. To make matters worse, they often suffer during winter weather. The harsh cold and slushy conditions can do a number on their health. You don’t need to be a veterinarian to help though. Here are a few things you can do to help stray animals this winter!
- Shelter – There are many options for many stray animals when it comes to shelter. You don’t necessarily need to bring a stray dog into your home, for example. Instead, find a sturdy cardboard box or plastic bin and line it with straw or blankets, depending on where the animal is. A warm place to sleep and escape the cold can make a huge difference.
- Food and Water – Providing food and water sources is another way to keep stray animals healthy. Well-fed animals are better suited to fight off any diseases they may catch. Make sure to check on water in case it freezes!
- Call a Shelter – Animal shelters generally make an effort to pick up stray animals if they’re reported. While they may not be able to get to it right away, reporting the general area can help ensure the animal doesn’t spend too long in the cold.