Media Contact:
BethAnn Galbraith

Dec. 24, 2020

KITTANNING, Pa. (Dec. 24, 2020) Temperatures are predicted to dip to 16 degrees over the next few days. Orphans of the Storm (OOTS) in Rayburn Township reminds everyone that animals need special care during frigid weather.

Outside animals are vulnerable to frigid temperatures. Libre's Law makes it illegal to tie a dog outside for more than 30 minutes when it is 32 degrees or colder.
OOTS recommends bringing your outside pet inside when the temperatures are frigid. Keep them in a cooler area such as the basement or garage to avoid extreme temperature changes.
Libre's Law also mandates that all animals must be kept in a place they can stay warm in dry.

If you see an animal at risk, contact your local or state police. Remember that the animals are counting on you!

The shelter offers additional tips:

* Keep your indoor pets safe by not leaving them outside for extended periods of time when the temperature drops below freezing. Sweaters not only look cute, but also help keep short-haired dogs comfortable during outdoor jaunts. Wipe feet with a damp towel every time after coming in from outdoors to remove harmful salt.
* Before you start your car, check your tires in case a feline is napping on top!

Also, bang on the hood to scare away cats or small wildlife that may have crawled up under the hood to keep warm. 

*Use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife or people. If you use other types of antifreeze be sure to wipe up any drops or spills to avoid animals licking the sweet-tasting toxins.
With a little extra care, we can make sure that our animals stay comfortable and safe this winter.  

OOTS wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.