The Jacksonville Humane Society Reminds People to Keep Pets Warm as Temperatures Drop

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As freezing temperatures threaten the First Coast, the Jacksonville Humane Society is reminding owners to keep pets warm, especially animals that live outside.

“Families should make sure their pets have adequate shelter to shield from cold, wind and moisture,” said Leona Sheddan, executive director of the Jacksonville Humane Society.

“Abrupt temperature changes can increase a pet’s risk of infectious diseases, so it is extremely important if your animal can not come inside to make sure your pet stays in a well-built doghouse, tool shed or garage.”

Sheddan recommends other tips to keep your pets warm as temperatures drop including:

  • Insulate your pet’s shelter with deeply bedded straw or blankets
  • Make sure your animal has fresh water at all times and that the water does not freeze 
  • Pets may need additional food to sustain their body temperature when it is cold. Check with your veterinarian to decide if your animal needs additional food during cold weather.

About the Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society, founded in 1885, serves more than 4,000 animals each year. JHS is a non-profit center for animal welfare and education that serves as a resource for all companion-animal related issues. The organization is dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for animals by matching people with the pet that is right for them.