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Austin Pets Alive! | Christmas Week Chilly Emergency in Austin

Dec 19, 2022

Harmful winter climate with temperature lows within the teenagers is predicted to hit Central Texas this week. With a few of our animal enclosures uncovered to the weather, temperatures this low severely pressure our facility so we should get our City Lake Animal Heart shelter pets in heat properties by THIS THURSDAY. We’re calling on our group members for assist wanted NOW:

  1. Foster properties for chilly shelter animals
    We’d like our animals, particularly our canine, out now, earlier than the coldest climate hits Thursday. With Christmas week/vacation journey, we anticipate it is going to be very tough to search out fosters so in case you are staying within the Austin space your assistance is urgently wanted. Electronic mail [email protected] or come to our City Lake Animal Heart location (1156 W Cesar Chavez St.) between noon-6pm to foster. We do ask that you simply preserve them in your house till at the least Monday, December twenty sixth.

  2. Provides or financial donations
    With facility and further useful resource must deal with this emergency, we’re looking for financial donations now. Click on right here to make a present to assist fund our response and operations. We additionally want folks to donate any of the next provides by bringing them this week to our City Lake location. (Drop off in entrance of constructing C.) A few of these might be despatched to the neighboring shelters we assist as nicely.
    • Medium and enormous pop up crates, x-pens

    • Canine and cat meals for group outreach/assist

    • Cat litter 

    • Leashes (flat)

    • Used coolers 

    • Lansinoh bottles

    • Canine beds (for group assist)

    • Canine treats 

  3. Different assist for shelters we assist
    Many neighboring cities’ animals are additionally in danger throughout climate emergencies like this, and are sometimes far much less resourced than Austin. We’re additionally asking for assist getting the next pressing wants met for these shelters this week (listing will replace as we obtain requests for assist):
    • The Metropolis of Devine Animal Shelter wants an adopter or foster for the animals right here, particularly puppies.

    • San Benito wants and adopter or foster for a cat and their canine right here

  4. Schooling and assist for group pets
    Learn and share this guidelines to guard pets the place you might be.

  • Deliver pets inside. The very best factor you are able to do to your pet is to convey them inside with you. Whereas some breeds of canine are extra tolerant of chilly climate than others, no pet needs to be left exterior for lengthy intervals of time when it’s under freezing (32ºF). You recognize your pet finest, so be vigilant about awaiting indicators of their chilly tolerance and restrict out of doors actions accordingly.

  • Examine your automobile for cats. Our feline associates like to cover from this climate in automobile engines and/or wheel wells, so thump the hood of your automobile just a few instances and verify your wheels for stowaways earlier than you begin the engine and take off.

  • Present a makeshift enclosure for out of doors animals. Should you’ve seen out of doors cats or different animals in your group affected by the chilly (shaking, curled up, and many others.) and you might be frightened about them, create a makeshift shelter for them to remain heat in. A closed field or Rubbermaid bin with a lower out within the aspect, with straw or mylar blankets (material can maintain moisture and freeze over so we now not suggest utilizing towels or blankets), will assist preserve them protected within the frigid temperatures. Click on right here for instance instructions for cat shelters from Alley Cat Advocates and click on right here for extra on what to do for canine within the chilly from Greatest Pals.

  • Or take into account opening your storage barely (and leaving a heating pad or warmth lamp on) to let cats in from the chilly.

  • Put a sweater in your pup. When you’ve got a canine with a brief coat, you possibly can preserve them a bit extra insulated by placing a sweater or canine coat on them. Be certain the sweater and coat are utterly dry for every outing, although, as damp or moist outerwear may really make them chillier.

  • Examine paws. After out of doors exercise, verify your pet’s paws for any indicators of cracking on the paw pads, redness between toes, or bleeding. Wipe them down after every outing, too, to take away any salt, ice, or chemical compounds.

For metropolis details about chilly climate shelters and warming facilities, go to www.austintexas.gov/alerts.

Need assistance with a group pet? Electronic mail [email protected]. P.A.S.S. connects you to group member assist for emergency pet meals, pet useful resource help, and different emergency pet assist.

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