There are a number of reasons why Chicago is considered to be one of the greatest cities in the world, but anyone who lives in the historic Windy City knows how dangerous the wind chill in winter can be. Furthermore, if you care about animals, it is almost impossible to sleep peacefully at night, knowing there are homeless animals doing everything they can to survive the extreme frigid temperatures, but the good news is there are several effective ways you can help these sweet homeless animals survive the brutal cold.
For homeless animals, preventing hypothermia and frostbite is key to surviving the bitterly cold Chicago winters and even though animals have thick fur, they will not be able to survive the dangerous wind chill without adequate shelter, nourishing food and a fresh supply of water. If you are unable to bring the animal into your home, it is very easy to set up a safe and warm shelter using a sturdy box, dog house or crate with straw as bedding. Most pet supply stores have shelters you can purchase at a fairly low price or you can contact your local animal shelter, animal rescue group or veterinarian for tips and ideas for building a warm shelter.
Other important winter safety tips to remember is to never use a portable space heater to keep an animal warm as it can severely burn their fur and skin as well as catch on fire. As mentioned earlier, straw holds in heat very well, which is why it is one of the more preferred insulations but please remember not to use a portable heater as that can cause serious harm to an animal.
It is truly heartbreaking seeing homeless animals doing everything they can to survive the bone chilling winters, but you can save many of their lives by taking the time to help them. Please contact the local police or animal shelter if you find an animal that is in need of immediate rescue and for more information about winter safety tips for pets please contact Chicago Pet Rescue, PAWS Chicago, the Anti-Cruelty Society Chicago Canine Rescue or your local veterinarian.