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Michigan Humane Society staff spends cold night in doghouses for pet safety

Michigan Humane Society staff are in the doghouse to raise awareness of winter pet safety.
Michigan Humane Society staff are in the doghouse to raise awareness of winter pet safety.
Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Can you imagine what it is like to spend the night outside in freezing temperatures, especially without proper shelter? A few of the staff members at the Michigan Humane Society now know how cold it can get as they spent the night out in their own doghouses on Tuesday to prove a point. According to the Detroit News on Feb. 18, the workers wanted to raise awareness of how deadly it can be to leave pets out in the frigid outdoors.

With the winter weather being quite bad this year, the staff has been unusually busy with calls of dogs and cats being left out in the cold and snow without being properly cared for. Many of those pets were found literally frozen to death. It is cruel and totally unnecessary for these animals to lose their lives like this. These unfortunate incidents led the four staffers to find out first hand exactly what it is like to be cold and shivering with very few items to keep warm.

Even though they had on coats, hats, gloves, and even straw inside the doghouses, the MHS workers were still feeling the effects of the cold elements of winter. The night they chose to do this was quite a bit warmer than it has been in Michigan. However, for most of January and February, it had been way colder, so to leave an animal out in below zero temperatures is just very cruel.

“It’s been a really rough winter for dogs,” said Debby MacDonald, chief cruelty investigator. “We’ve seen dogs frozen to death, dogs with hypothermia and we don’t know if they’re going to make it. We’re doing this to raise awareness.”

In honor of the pets that have died this winter, the workers labeled their doghouses with the names of Brownie, Bella and Brandy, while MacDonald’s doghouse said, ‘In memory of all the unnamed.’

The Michigan Humane Society pointed out that animals should be kept indoors in cold winter weather. However, if something happens and that is not possible, at least make sure that they have proper shelter to be in such as a doghouse filled with straw so that they will have some sort of insulation to protect them from the cold.

Check out the MHS Facebook page to see how they fared for the night.