Don't Let your Critter Twitter (as in shiver)
Winter's cold temperatures are here. While you are making sure your home is warm, don't forget your dog and cat! Just because they have fur does not mean that they don't get cold.
If they have to sleep outside, they will need a warm, dry pet shelter with blankets or clean straw, healthy food and clean water. Water freezes overnight, so it will need to be changed every morning. Pets give us unconditional love and cannot fend for themselves, so it is the least we can do to make sure that their needs are met.
Free Straw to help your animal keep warm
A statewide animal advocacy group is providing free straw for outside animals to keep them safe and warm.
Animal Protection New Mexico started the Straw Fund in 2011 to provide free straw to Albuquerque households in need for their outside animal companions. The program quickly expanded to include Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties, and this year, it also includes residents of San Miguel
County, thanks to a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty of Animals.
Straw provides effective and inexpensive insulation for outdoor animals. It's ideal for doghouses and outdoor sleeping areas and offers a warm, slip-resistant layer when placed over snow, ice or mud.
The best place for companion animals, especially when it is cold, is indoors. Those animals who are more comfortable outside should be provided with dog houses or shelter that is waterproof, is placed in an area sheltered from wind and precipitation and has a covered, accessible entrance. Food and water bowls should be checked every few hours for frozen moisture.
Those needing straw for their companion animals can pick bales up at the following locations:
City of Santa Fe Animal Services 505-955-2702
Santa Fe County Sheriff's Animal Control Division, call 505-992-1626
Las Vegas, NM, and San Miguel County;call the AWC Pet Center (Las Vegas Animal Shelter at 505-426-3289
City of Allbuquerque Animal Welfare Department's Eastside and Westside Shelters. Albuquerque residents can call 311 for pickup information
Bernalillo County Animal Care Services at 1136 Gatewood Ave. SW, Albuquerque;505-468-7387
505.445.0500 x 105 or 505.603.8916
Making humane the new normal...
Animal Protection of New Mexico
1111 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
PAWS PAVILION in PECOS
For more information, please call PAWS @ 505-466-1525.
(Located at the corner of Routes 50 and 63, Next to Frankie's Casanovas Restaurant)