Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Don’t Leave Animals ‘Out in the Cold’ in Winter Ice Storm
The Humane Society of the United States provides cold-weather tips for pets and farm animals

(Dec. 11, 2007) – During this spell of cold weather gripping parts of the country, animals need to be able to take shelter from below-freezing temperatures. The Humane Society of the United States is receiving some reports of animals being left out to fend for themselves in an ice storm that has caused Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to declare states of emergency.

“In a paralyzing storm like this, The Humane Society of the United States urges people to factor in those needs of those who can’t ask for help themselves – their pets and farm animals,” said Ollie Davidson, interim director of Disaster Services at The HSUS. He also advised residents to plan in advance, whenever possible. “Although some communities have made disaster planning for animals part of their preparedness, each family needs to prepare themselves and their animals to survive the elements.”


§ Don’t leave pets outdoors, especially when the temperature drops below freezing. Even a garage or basement with blankets is better than just outside in the wind.

§ Wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life, no matter what the temperature.

§ Warm car engines are attractive but dangerous for cats and small wildlife.

§ De-icing chemicals are hazardous.

§ Antifreeze is a deadly poison.


§ Have a water supply for a minimum of three days, with provisions to keep it from freezing. (Use plastic, not metal containers).

§ Provide sturdy buildings to house farm animals that won’t collapse under the weight of snow or ice.

§ Have a containment area to keep animals from sliding down hills.

§ Keep emergency contact numbers handy, such as those for a large animal veterinarian in your area, a large animal rescue or an emergency animal transporting facility.
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Media Contact: Kristen Everett 301-721-6440,


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