The perils of hot weather for your pets are well known, but cold weather is equally dangerous for animals. Sadly, not every pet owner takes his or her dog inside during the freezing winter months. Therefore, Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue group, has stepped up to shelter these cold pets with insulated dog houses. Volunteers will be traveling this winter from Camden, New Jersey to Maine providing assistance to those in animals in need.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. Just like people, dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. No pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.
“Unfortunately, some people leave their pets outdoors year-round, regardless of the dropping temperatures,” said Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “The cold weather is extremely bad for a dog’s health and can lead to sickness and even death.”
“Also, a lot of the dogs we find need immediate medical attention,” continued Misseri. “To ease the suffering, we’re distributing insulated dog houses throughout the Northeast to protect them from the freezing weather. The free dog houses have clean straw. When able, we plug in a heating pad to make them as comfortable as possible.”
Regardless of long-haired or short-haired fur, dogs are still at risk in the cold weather. Pets already suffering from diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease, for example, have a harder time adjusting their body temperature leading to more suffering. If you see a dog that is left outside for extended periods of time or overnight, call Guardians of Rescue to arrange to have an insulated dog house provided for the dog.
“To continue saving lives, we need help from the community not only through donations. If you see a dog left outside, discarded or being abused, it’s important to report it to the proper authorities and/or call us to stop the abuse,” said Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “With the help of the public, we are making a difference one dog house at a time by providing refuge to those animals in need so they are protected from the elements.”
Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization based in New York whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, please visit their website.
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