The Jacksonville Humane Society urges pet owners to keep animals warm in cold weather

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As temperatures drop throughout Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Humane Society is reminding owners to keep pets warm, especially animals that live outside.

“People should remember that even though animals have fur, they are quite susceptible to the cold. Animals must have adequate shelter from cold, wind and moisture during the winter,” said Leona Sheddan, executive director of the Jacksonville Humane Society. “Low temperatures can increase a pet’s risk of infectious diseases, so it is extremely important to bring your pet inside or shelter them 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 no-kill, 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.

Media Contact:

Michelle Gilliam
Jacksonville Humane Society
904-725-8766 x243 (o)
904-859-8606 (c)