Shelters expect more animals in winter

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By Lindsey Ressler
The Meridian Times

With winter approaching, many Meridian Township area animal shelters are preparing to provide a home for more animals.

“Every year we tend to see a jump in the amount of abandoned pets brought in and rescued.” Said Capital Area Humane Society adoption employee Amanda Martin. “It breaks my heart seeing these sweet innocent dogs brought in after suffering outside in the cold.”

One of the bigger cold weather cases that particularly stands out to Martin occurred in January of 2014. Three dogs and a cat were found almost freezing to death inside of an abandoned house in Meridian Township. The Capital Area Humane Society rescued many of these animals.

“It actually works out perfectly for us working in the adoption center.” Martin said. “We get a little sad every time a new pet is rescued and brought in but it also brings us joy to see the animal go home with a new loving family during this time of year.”

The Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is working hard this winter helping animals and caring for them at their facility.

“We usually limit the amount of time the animals are allowed outside for safety reasons. Just like humans, they tend to get cold a lot easier and grumpy.” she laughed. They really only go outside to use the bathroom, not to play,” said Molly Stewart, employee of the Animal Control and Shelter.

To prevent this from happening more than it already does, it is important for Meridian Township pet owners to keep a close eye on their animals during these upcoming cold months. A few things you can do are: keep your animals inside with you and your family instead of outside in a separate dog house, stock up on extra food, make sure they always have access to fresh water and minimize your trips to the groomer so their fur can grow thicker and act as a winter jacket.

If you are considering helping a pet in need this winter, rescue dog owner Wendy Chambers highly recommends it.

“It is a very warm and rewarding feeling for both the new owner and the dog as long as the owners remember to take extra care of them in the winter.” Chambers said. “I know some people are a little apprehensive when it comes to getting a dog from a shelter but my family has rescued two dogs now and we could not be happier.”

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