Using Portable Shelters to Shield Pets from Weather

The winter months have been particularly brutal and unrelenting this year, which I assume most of the readers already know. At one point, it was snowing in all 50 states (minus Florida), so the majority of us have seen some type of winter weather going on. There are many things to consider when dealing with harsh winter weather. You obviously have to care for your family and have supplies prepared in case of a possible blackout or other weather-related emergency. However, there is one thing that a lot of people don’t think about when it comes to cold weather – taking care of your pets.

The concern is growing for pets that are consistently left outside in low temperatures because pets are actually susceptible to frostbite like humans. Some areas are actually giving out portable shelters to use if their pet absolutely needs to be outside. According to The Toronto Sun:

“The Toronto Humane Society (THS) is urging pet owners to keep their animals safe and warm. ‘If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet,’ said THS vice-president Marcie Laking. People concerned about stray animals can pick up small portable shelters at the THS’ River St. headquarters which are capable of providing protection from the elements. Animals can also be dropped off at the shelter.”

The story also goes on to warn pet owners about the dangers concerning pet consumption of winter products:

“In addition to the cold, pet owners should be mindful that some winter products — such sidewalk salt and anti-freeze — can harm and even kill animals.”

So while you are clearing the snow off of your portable garage, make sure to keep your pets’ safety and health in mind and protect them from the chilly effects of this crazy winter!