Guelph, ON (January 18, 2019) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is once again reminding the community of the extreme danger of leaving your pet outside in severely cold temperatures. GHS advises that pet owners should be aware of the deadly risks to their pets during cold weather and ensure that they are protecting them.
“Keeping pets safe in our community is a top priority for the Guelph Humane Society,” says Lisa Veit, Associate Director. “Extreme cold is life-threatening to your pet and it is important that pet owners take all precautions to ensure their pet’s welfare.”
GHS wants to emphasize to cat owners the importance of keeping their cats INDOORS at all times during cold temperatures. Cats are very vulnerable to extreme cold and should never be permitted to roam outdoors during these conditions.
Dog owners can protect their dog from frostbite and hypothermia by taking them outside for short periods of time during cold weather. When walking your dog, be mindful of their paws, ears and nose. If your dog starts to limp or lift its paw(s) up while walking, they could be experiencing discomfort from cold and should be taken home or to a warm place immediately.
Pets, in general, may want to be outside, but it is the responsibility of the pet owner to know what is best for them – the safety and warmth of your home. If it’s too cold for you to be outside, then it is too cold for your pets to be outside. Please use every caution and keep your pets safe and warm inside your home.
If you see an animal left outside during cold temperatures, please call GHS immediately at 519-824-3091.
Leaving your pet outside during the cold winter months is life-threatening, so please keep your pets safe and warm this winter.
About the Guelph Humane Society
The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit www.guelphhumane.ca to discover more.
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