During the chilly season, animal experts offer advice on how to keep pets safe and comfortable.
BEAUMONT, TX (KTRK) — When the weather cools down, animal care facilities in Southeast Texas see an influx of calls about possible animal neglect.
Pet owners who are worried about their animals are frequently the ones who keep a look out for them.
It was unbearably cold. Shirley Henderson, the dog owner, explained, I had to bring him in the house at my washroom. I don't understand why people act the way they do. These animals experience emotions in the same way as humans do.
Viviana Lopez works for Beaumont Animal Care as an adoption marketing coordinator. Lopez said the center doesn't get many calls to check on animals on a regular basis, but there was an influx on Thursday night.
According to Lopez, there were about eight to ten calls about animals that were outside and needed to be checked on due to the weather.
The good news is that most of the recent calls have been settled by animal experts. Because the owners could not be found, only one dog had to be impounded.
Some resolutions are as simple as asking pet owners to fill outside doghouses with more straw and blankets. Dogs have been impounded and taken to the shelter in the past.
Most of the time, it's the shelter that has to be fixed, and people aren't averse to either going out and purchasing a proper dog house or simply bringing the animals inside for the night, according to Lopez
Because the cold weather is expected to last a few more days, animal experts are offering advice on how to keep our four-legged friends safe. Keeping them inside is the best practice.
If your animals are unable to come inside for the night, Lopez recommends making sure they have enough straw in their kennels to keep them warm. Blankets, heaters, anything like that, because the winds are particularly strong, and we want to ensure that they stay warm.