During the winter, keep your outdoor pets warm.
The Floyd County Humane Society now has supplies to keep outdoor pets warm this winter, courtesy to Girl Scout Troop 163.
This time of year, most pet owners are able and willing to allow their pets to spend the majority of their time inside, but this is not always practical. The Floyd County Humane Society shares tips and resources for keeping outdoor animals safe and comfortable during winter.
Cats Who Live Outside
This time of year, feral cats, as well as faithful "barn cats" who appear to prefer an outside living, can benefit from extra protection from the elements.
Floyd's local Girl Scout Troop 163 has done it again, building dozens of insulated cat shelters out of foam shipping coolers and water-resistant chow bags. These recyclable materials are kept out of the landfill and made into durable, usable kitty condos by being tucked away out of the direct wind and rain, and by adding a little straw bedding inside.
The girls and FCHS collaborated to distribute the cottages and provide the straw bedding.
Call and leave a message at the number provided below to schedule a pickup.
It is not only responsible pet ownership, but it is also the law to provide sufficient shelter for outside pets. Tethering without access to shelter is deemed insufficient and is prohibited under certain weather conditions. Windbreaks should be provided at the entry, and straw or other appropriate bedding should be provided.
Remember that while temperatures remain below freezing, water left outside may not thaw sufficiently to be drinkable; therefore, extra caution is essential to assure constant access to fresh water.
FCHS offers free straw bedding through Harman's and Ingram's, and encourages pet owners to use the program as much as they need to provide their pets with the wonderful insulating benefits of straw bedding.
Call FCHS to be added to the list so the store won't charge you. The organization could also be able to assist you in obtaining a dog housing.
Other ongoing FCHS services that benefit Floyd County pet owners include free pet food distribution, largely through Plenty! but also directly upon request; and medical and emergency treatment support. There's also a modest stock of dog jackets available for purchase!
The public is urged to use FCHS as a resource for fostering the greatest possible relationship with their pets.
Call us if you have any questions about our services or if you're having trouble maintaining your pet; we'll do our best to help. Please leave a message at (540) 745-7207 and someone will return your call.