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As cold weather continues, keep these tips in mind to ensure animals and pets stay safe

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TACOMA, Wash. - As Western Washington continues to experience frigid temperatures, it's important to keep everyone safe, including animals. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County shares some points to keep in mind throughout the cold-weather season.

  • The most important thing to keep in mind is, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets to be outside for any longer than a quick bathroom break.
  • Normal bathroom breaks are okay but be sure to wipe and dry your pet’s paws off when they come in the house.
  • Layers, layers, layers! While a pet’s fur is great at keeping them warm, consider adding on a coat when outside or providing a few more blankets around the house to keep your pets comfortable.
  • Beware of seasonal poisons. Coolant and antifreeze are deadly to dogs and cats: another great reason to wipe your pet’s paws when they come inside!
  • Animal neglect is a crime in Washington State. If you see an animal outside, and you’re concerned for its well-being, please contact your local Animal Control Office.
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  • Create a cold-weather feral cat shelter. Cut a cat-sized hole in the front of a Rubbermaid container, and a corresponding hole in a Styrofoam cooler. Place the cooler inside the Rubbermaid and line the cooler with hay. Place the lids on top, and you have a shelter for feral or lost cats!
  • Extra food! Pets burn extra energy trying to stay warm during the colder months. Making sure your pets have access to a little extra food and fresh water can help keep them feeling great!
  • Tap on the hood of your vehicle in the morning. Animals, specifically outdoor cats, sometimes seek shelter in the warmth of your vehicle during colder months.

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