Humane Society
Encourages Owners to Bring Pets Indoors

January 23, 2013,
– As the temperature
continues to be in the single digits, it is even more important for pet owners
to ensure their animals stay safe in these harsh conditions.

“By following simple,
preventative measures, you can make sure your pets enjoy the winter weather,
while staying warm, safe and healthy,” said Brian Weltge, President and CEO of
the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

To help make sure your
pets are safe, follow these simple rules.

  1. Bring your pets

    During the winter months, except for periods of exercise, it is important to
    keep your pets indoors. Regardless of the season, short-haired, young or old
    dogs and all types of cats should never be left outside without supervision.
    During walks, consider a sweater or coat for your short-haired dog to help keep
    it warm.

  2. Provide proper shelter.
    If your

    dog must be outside, provide it with a well-equipped shelter. If your dog is an
    outdoor dog, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is
    large enough to allow the dog to turn around, sit and lie down comfortably, but
    small enough to hold in his or her body heat. The floor should be raised a few
    inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should
    be turned to face away from the wind and the doorway should be covered with
    waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. If you are wondering if your shelter is
    adequate, please call the Humane Society at (937) 268-PETS (7387) and we can
    have our humane agent check your home and can provide resources to keep your
    animals safe.

  3. Check food and water

    Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because
    keeping warm depletes their energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to
    make certain the water is fresh and not frozen. Use plastic food and water bowls
    rather than metal. With the temperature so low, your pet’s tongue can stick and
    freeze to metal. Most    You can also purchase water dishes that can stay heated
    to ensure water doesn’t freeze 

  4. Check your

    Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, which may crawl up
    under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang your car’s hood to
    scare them away before you start your engine.

  5. Keep paws free of

    Salt and other winter chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads
    of your pet’s feet. Wipe the feet with a damp towel before your pet licks them
    and irritates his or her mouth.

  6. Hide the
    Antifreeze is a deadly

    poison, but it has a sweet taste that attracts animals. Wipe up spills and store
    antifreeze (and all household chemicals) where it cannot be accessed by your
    pets. If your pet does consume antifreeze, take him or her to the vet

The Humane Society of
Greater Dayton is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving
relationships between people and pets. Founded 111 years ago, it is the largest
and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on
pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring
the humane treatment of animals.  For more information about the Humane Society
of Greater Dayton, call (937) 268-PETS (7387) or visit