34 Companion Animals Endured Cold Weather-Related Deaths in 2022—That We Know Of

The number of dogs and other companion animals who have reportedly died from causes related to cold weather in 2022:

34

Every year, PETA receives reports about dogs, cats, and other animals who have died after being left outdoors in cold weather. In 2022 alone, 34 companion animals died because of cold weather—and those are just the deaths that were reported. Most aren’t.

Year Deaths Rescues Incidents
2023 1 33 See the list.
2022 34 363 See the list.
2021 22 475 See the list.
2020 6 77 See the list.
2019 37 322 See the list.
2018 43 34 See the list.

The following list is a compilation of cold weather–related deaths of companion animals reported by the media as of 2022:

Date Location Notes Number of Dogs and Other Animals Who Died
12/30/2022 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Several cats were rescued after being abandoned at a construction site in the freezing cold. One kitten died, and another required leg amputation. 1
12/28/2022 Everett, Massachusetts A dog died after falling into a partially frozen river. 1
12/26/2022 Muskegon, Michigan A cat died after being found frozen to the ground. 1
12/23/2022 Decatur, Illinois Four dogs were rescued from the freezing cold. Another dog who was also rescued had to be euthanized. 1
12/23/2022 Lakeville, Massachusetts A dog died after falling through the ice on a partially frozen pond. 1
12/20/2022 St. George, Utah A dog and their attempted rescuer died after falling into a partially frozen reservoir. 1
12/20/2022 Turtle Mountain, North Dakota A dog and her puppy were rescued after being found under a porch in freezing temperatures. Three other puppies didn’t survive. 3
12/10/2022 South Jordan, Utah A dog was presumed dead after falling through the ice on a partially frozen lake. 1
11/28/2022 Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada Two dogs died after falling through ice on a partially frozen river. 2
11/21/2022 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Seven cats froze to death after being left outside a business in freezing temperatures. 7
11/13/2022 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A dog died after falling through the ice on the North Saskatchewan River. 1
3/25/2022 Moyie, British Columbia, Canada A dog died after falling into an icy lake. 1
2/12/2022 Ypsilanti, Michigan A dog was found dead inside a snow-covered cage that was frozen to the ground near an apartment complex. 1
2/7/2022 Greene County, New York A dog died after slipping and falling while hiking in icy conditions. 1
2/7/2022 Schenectady, New York A dog died after being found emaciated and abandoned in the cold. 1
2/3/2022 Steamboat Springs, Colorado A dog died after falling into an icy river. 1
1/28/2022 Boston, Massachusetts A couple was charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly abandoning 15 cats outside during a blizzard. Two of the cats died, and two others were never found. 2
Week of 1/23/2022 Mahoning County, Ohio A dog died after being left without food inside an enclosed doghouse in freezing temperatures. 1
1/15/2022 Rockford, Illinois A dog was found dead inside a crate on a roadway, covered with snow. 1
1/15/2022 Charleston, Illinois A dog died after falling into an icy pond. 1
1/12/2022 Denver, Colorado A dog died after going missing while being cared for by companion animal–sitting company Wag! 1
1/10/2022 Detroit, Michigan One dog died and two were rescued after being left outside in the cold. 1
1/4/2022 Orangeburg, South Carolina A puppy died after being left outside an animal control building in freezing temperatures. 1
1/2022 Reading, Pennsylvania A woman was charged with cruelty after allegedly confining three dogs to a backyard in freezing temperatures with no shelter or drinking water. One dog was euthanized. 1

The following list is a compilation of cold weather–related rescues of companion animals reported by the media as of 2022:

Date Location Notes Number of Dogs and Other Animals Who Were Rescued
12/31/2022 Detroit, Michigan The Coast Guard rescued a dog who had fallen into the Detroit River. 1
12/30/2022 Eastham, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen pond. 1
12/30/2022 Osgoode, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen pond. 1
12/30/2022 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Several cats were rescued after being abandoned at a construction site in the freezing cold. One kitten died, and another required leg amputation. 8
12/29/2022 Des Moines, Iowa A dog was rescued after being tied up outside the Des Moines International Airport in the cold with no food or water. 1
12/29/2022 West Windsor, New Jersey Firefighters rescued a dog who was stuck on thin ice on a partially frozen creek. 1
12/29/2022 Anne Arundel County, Maryland A good Samaritan rescued a dog from a partially frozen creek. 1
12/29/2022 Manitou Springs, Colorado A police officer rescued a dog who was found roaming the streets in the cold. 1
12/28/2022 Powell, Tennessee A cat was rescued after becoming stuck in a tree for around two weeks in cold weather. 1
12/28/2022 Lorain, Ohio Firefighters rescued a dog from partially frozen Lake Erie. 1
12/27/2022 Dadeville, Alabama A dog was rescued after surviving in the woods during severe weather for at least five months. 1
12/27/2022 Cedar Falls, Iowa A police officer rescued a cat from a frozen storm drain. 1
12/25/2022 Neptune Township, New Jersey An abandoned dog was rescued after being tied up outside a vacant home and forced to spend three nights in below-freezing temperatures. 1
12/25/2022 Quakertown, Pennsylvania Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen lake. 1
12/25/2022 Goshen, New York Nine dogs were seized after being left to freeze while their owner was out of town. Three dogs had been left outside, and six were in a garage. 9
12/24/2022 Millbrook, Alabama A kitten was rescued after being found frozen to a storm drain. 1
12/24/2022 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen lake. 1
12/24/2022 Brunswick County, North Carolina Sheriff’s deputies rescued a dog from a freezing swimming pool. 1
12/24/2022 Askov, Minnesota A dog was rescued after being left in a crate in freezing weather. 1
12/24/2022 Weber County, Utah A dog was rescued after becoming lost during a hike and spending a night above a frozen waterfall. 1
12/23/2022 Sioux City, Iowa A puppy was abandoned outside a humane society in temperatures of minus 20 degrees. 1
12/23/2022 Ecorse, Michigan A dog was rescued after being abandoned outside during a blizzard. 1
12/23/2022 Boone County, West Virginia Sheriff’s deputies rescued a dog who was chained up without shelter in freezing temperatures. 1
12/23/2022 Monongalia County, West Virginia Seven dogs were rescued amid freezing temperatures. 7
12/23/2022 Greenfield, Indiana A dog was rescued after being abandoned along a road in frigid temperatures. 1
12/23/2022 West Edmeston, New York Fifteen dogs were seized from a property where they wouldn’t have had proper shelter ahead of extreme winter weather. 15
12/23/2022 Forreston, Illinois A dog reportedly had to be rescued from his own backyard by his owner’s young son after freezing on the stairs in subzero temperatures. 1
12/23/2022 Mahoning County, Ohio A dog was rescued after being tied outside in the cold. 1
12/23/2022 Ashland, Wisconsin A kitten was rescued after being found outside during a blizzard. Wind chills were minus 20 degrees. 1
12/23/2022 Decatur, Illinois Four dogs were rescued from the freezing cold. Another dog who was also rescued had to be euthanized. 4
12/23/2022 Blacksville, West Virginia Seven dogs without food or water were rescued from a freezing and snow-filled camper. 7
12/22/2022 Cass County, Missouri Twenty-nine dogs were seized from a property where they were left outside in extreme winter weather. 29
12/22/2022 Stanton, Michigan A cat’s leg had to be amputated after the animal sustained injuries while seeking shelter from the cold inside a car engine. 1
12/22/2022 Richmond, Virginia A pregnant dog was rescued from freezing weather conditions. 1
12/21/2022 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen pond. 1
12/21/2022 Providence, Rhode Island Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen pond. 1
12/20/2022 Douglas County, Nevadad Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen pond. 1
12/20/2022 Turtle Mountain, North Dakota A dog and her puppy were rescued after being found under a porch in freezing temperatures. Three other puppies didn’t survive. 2
12/18/2022 Angeles National Forest, California A hiker and his dog were rescued from icy conditions in the Angeles National Forest. 1
12/11/2022 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada A good Samaritan rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen lake. 1
12/7/2022 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada A good Samaritan rescued a cat who was frozen to the ground. 1
12/6/2022 Edgewater, New Jersey Firefighters rescued a dog who was found underneath a pier after swimming across the cold Hudson River. 1
12/5/2022 Peshtigo, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen river. 1
12/1/2022 Whitesboro, New York A good Samaritan found a dog who had just recently given birth to a litter of puppies and been abandoned on the side of the road in the cold. 1
12/2022 Scottsdale, Arizona A good Samaritan rescued a dog and his guardian from a cold canal. 1
12/2022 Burns, Wyoming A good Samaritan and the Cheyenne Animal Shelter rescued a kitten who was frozen to the bottom of a kiddie pool. 1
11/24/2022 Louisville, Ohio A good Samaritan rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice on a partially frozen lake. 1
11/24/2022 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a freezing pond. 1
11/23/2022 Orchard Park, New York Police officers rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake. 1
11/23/2022 Brockville, Ontario, Canada A professional diver and firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a cold river. 1
11/21/2022 Federal Way, Washington Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake. 1
11/21/2022 Six Nations, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog who was stranded on an ice shelf. 1
11/19/2022 Forestport, New York Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake. 1
11/18/2022 Evans, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen through the ice of a partially frozen pond. 1
11/17/2022 Wakefield Township, Minnesota Firefighters rescued a dog who had fallen into a partially frozen lake. 1
11/14/2022 Cochrane, Alberta, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
11/2022 Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada A 3-month-old puppy was rescued after being abandoned outside an animal shelter in the cold. 1
4/14/2022 Guelph, Ontario, Canada A hypothermic cat was rescued after being found abandoned inside a cat carrier in a water-filled ditch. 1
3/25/2022 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Good Samaritans rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
3/25/2022 Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
3/24/2022 Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada Good Samaritans rescued a dog and their guardian from an icy pond. 1
3/23/2022 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
3/22/2022 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy waterfall. 1
3/21/2022 Manotick, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog and their guardians from an icy river. 1
Week of 3/20/2022 Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada First responders rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
3/18/2022 Mayville, Michigan Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
3/17/2022 Air Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada A firefighter rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
3/17/2022 London, Ontario, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/16/2022 Pickering, Ontario, Canada A cat was rescued after being dumped along the side of a road in the snow. 1
3/16/2022 Bethlehem, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/14/2022 Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania Firefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water. 2
3/13/2022 Round Lake Beach, Illinois First responders rescued a dog from an icy retention pond. 1
3/12/2022 Idaho Falls, Idaho A dog was rescued from an icy river by his guardian. 1
3/12/2022 South Haven Charter Township, Michigan First responders rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
3/10/2022 Weston, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/6/2022 Willoughby Hills, Ohio An emaciated dog was rescued by a police officer after being found nearly frozen to the ground. 1
3/5/2022 Duxbury, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from a partially frozen body of water. 1
3/1/2022 Bethel, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from a frozen pond. 1
3/1/2022 Douglas County, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from a frozen pond. 1
3/1/2022 Boston, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from Boston Harbor. 1
2/28/2022 Wyandotte, Michigan Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/28/2022 Kingston, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
2/27/2022 Peoria, Illinois Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy river. 2
2/26/2022 Bay City, Michigan Firefighters rescued a dog from a frozen bay. 1
2/26/2022 Overland Park, Kansas Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/25/2022 Douglas County, Missouri Firefighters rescued a cat who had been stuck in a tree for several days during a snowstorm. 1
2/24/2022 Tulsa, Oklahoma A man was arrested on cruelty-to-animals charges after police found his dog tied up outside in extreme cold. 1
2/21/2022 Abington, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy body of water. 1
2/21/2022 Montrose, Iowa Firefighters and a good Samaritan rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/20/2022 Falmouth, Maine Firefighters rescued a dog from an ice-filled drainage pipe. 1
2/19/2022 Vernal, Utah Firefighters rescued a dog who had jumped into an icy reservoir to help their guardian, who had fallen in. 1
2/18/2022 Cleveland, Ohio A man was charged with cruelty after allegedly leaving a dog tied up outside in the cold and rain. 1
2/18/2022 Harrison County, Ohio Firefighters rescued a dog who was stranded outside in freezing temperatures and floodwater. 1
2/14/2022 Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy river. 1
2/12/2022 Streator, Illinois Firefighters rescued a dog from a snowy sinkhole. 1
2/11/2022 Newburgh, New York Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/9/2022 Indianapolis, Indiana Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond. 2
2/7/2022 Fort Collins, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
2/6/2022 Richmond, Virginia An emaciated dog was rescued after being abandoned outside an animal shelter in the cold. 1
2/6/2022 Liberty Township, Ohio A sheriff’s deputy rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy pond. 1
2/6/2022 Kaysville, Utah Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
2/5/2022 East Patchogue, New York A man was charged with “restraining pets in temperatures less than 32 degrees” after allegedly leaving his dog outside in subfreezing temperatures. 1
2/5/2022 Cadott, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy body of water. 1
2/4/2022 Elkville, Illinois A dog was rescued from an icy pond. 1
2/4/2022 East Hampton, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/3/2022 Columbia, Missouri Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
2/2/2022 Fairfield, Connecticut Firefighters rescued two dogs and their guardian from an icy pond. 2
2/2/2022 West Brookfield, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
2/1/2022 Chicago, Illinois First responders rescued a dog from partially frozen Lake Michigan. 1
2/1/2022 Mesa County, Colorado A dog and his or her guardian were rescued after becoming lost while backcountry skiing. 1
1/31/2022 Newark, Ohio A missing dog was rescued after spending 17 days out in the cold. 1
1/31/2022 Barkhamsted, Connecticut Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/30/2022 Galax, Virginia Police officers rescued a kitten who was stuck to a frozen drainpipe. 1
1/29/2022 Lindenhurst, New York A man is facing cruelty-to-animals charges after allegedly leaving his dog in an unheated car in subfreezing temperatures. 1
1/29/2022 Lanesborough, Massachusetts Six cats were abandoned on a roadside during a winter storm, and five were rescued. 5
1/29/2022 Detroit, Michigan A dog was rescued after being abandoned and chained to a light pole in the cold. 1
1/29/2022 Denver, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/29/2022 Halifax County, North Carolina PETA fieldworkers rescued two dogs who were locked inside a wire crate in freezing temperatures. 2
1/28/2022 Boston, Massachusetts A couple was charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly abandoning 15 cats outside during a blizzard. Two of the cats died, and two others were never found. 11
1/28/2022 Richmond, Massachusetts Ten cats were abandoned on a roadside during a winter storm, and eight were rescued. 8
1/28/2022 Brighton, Colorado Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy body of water. 2
1/27/2022 Topeka, Kansas A good Samaritan rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/27/2022 Spout Spring, Virginia Sixteen cats and four dogs were rescued from the cold. 20
1/27/2022 Centennial, Colorado A dog and his or her guardian were rescued from an icy pond. 1
1/26/2022 Liberty Township, Ohio A sheriff’s deputy rescued a puppy from an icy pond. 1
1/25/2022 Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada A dog was reunited with her guardians after getting loose and spending two weeks out in the cold. 1
1/25/2022 [No city listed], Alabama Nine dogs who’d been confined to wire crates were rescued from the cold. 9
1/25/2022 Whitewater Township, Ohio Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy pond. 2
1/24/2022 Darien, Connecticut A cat was rescued after being abandoned in freezing temperatures at a highway rest stop. 1
1/24/2022 Roanoke, Virginia An emaciated dog was rescued after being left outside in freezing temperatures. 1
1/23/2022 Sauk County, Wisconsin A cat and her four kittens were abandoned in the snow. Rescuers were unable to locate the mother cat and one of the kittens. 3
Week of 1/23/2022 Polk City, Florida A dog was rescued after being tied to a fence overnight in freezing temperatures. 1
1/22/2022 Suffolk County, New York A woman was charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly leaving her 12-year-old dog outside in below-freezing temperatures overnight. 1
1/22/2022 Casper, Wyoming Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/22/2022 Jackson, Tennessee Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
1/21/2022 Horry County, South Carolina A dog was rescued after being abandoned in freezing rain. 1
1/21/2022 Springfield, Illinois Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/21/2022 Austin, Texas A police officer rescued a dog who was abandoned on a patio in 27-degree weather. 1
1/20/2022 Murray River, Prince Edward Island, Canada Firefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water. 2
1/19/2022 Chicago, Illinois A dog was rescued after showing up on someone’s porch in freezing temperatures. 1
1/18/2022 Corbin, Kentucky First responders rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/18/2022 Chatham, Massachusetts Firefighters rescued a dog from freezing water. 1
1/18/2022 Toledo, Ohio A stray puppy was rescued after being found emaciated and abandoned in the cold. 1
1/17/2022 Fort Benton, Montana A police chief rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/17/2022 Baltimore, Maryland An injured puppy was rescued after being found in the bitter cold. 1
1/17/2022 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian who were lost in the woods in frigid temperatures. 1
1/16/2022 Fletcher, Oklahoma Nine puppies were rescued after being abandoned in the cold. 9
1/16/2022 Pagosa Springs, Colorado A missing dog was rescued after being found trapped atop a frozen waterfall. 1
1/15/2022 Charleston, Illinois Two dogs were rescued from an icy pond. 2
1/14/2022 Fort Mill, South Carolina Two abandoned dogs were rescued from the cold. 2
1/13/2022 Hopewell Township, New Jersey First responders rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/13/2022 Seelyville, Indiana Firefighters rescued two dogs and a deer from an icy pond. 2
1/13/2022 Plainville, New York Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/13/2022 Lakewood, Ohio Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy river. 1
1/12/2022 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Firefighters rescued two dogs from a partially frozen body of water. 2
1/12/2022 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
1/11/2022 Plattsburgh, New York Firefighters rescued two dogs from an icy lake. 2
1/10/2022 Franklin County, Washington ​​Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/10/2022 Warren County, New York Firefighters rescued a dog and his guardian from an icy lake. 1
1/10/2022 Detroit, Michigan One dog died and two were rescued after being left outside in the cold. 2
1/9/2022 New York, New York A dog was rescued after likely being abandoned and forced to live outside in the cold for three months. 1
Week of 1/9/2022 Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada A cat was rescued after being found underneath a front porch in the cold. 1
1/8/2022 St. Paul, Minnesota A dog was reunited with his guardian after the van he was inside was stolen and then abandoned, forcing him to spend three days inside the cold vehicle. 1
1/7/2022 Cheyenne, Wyoming Animal control officers rescued a cat who was stuck in a swamp cooler in frigid temperatures. 1
1/7/2022 Lake City, Michigan Forty-one dogs were removed from a breeder after being left outside in below-freezing temperatures. 41
1/7/2022 Letts, Indiana Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/7/2022 Pleasantville, New York Firefighters rescued a dog from an icy pond. 1
1/5/2022 Lewiston, New York A police officer rescued a dog from an icy lake. 1
1/3/2022 Boulder, Colorado Firefighters rescued a dog and his or her guardian from an icy pond. 1
Week of 1/2/2022 Drumheller, Alberta, Canada A kitten was rescued after being found frozen to a water trough on a farm. 1
1/1/2022 Lincoln, Massachusetts An emaciated serval, a wild cat native to Africa, was rescued after being found trying to survive in cold temperatures. 1
1/1/2022 Caledonia, North Dakota A dog was rescued after being abandoned on the side of a road in below-zero temperatures. 1
1/1/2022 Fargo, North Dakota A dog was rescued after being abandoned in below-zero temperatures. 1
1/1/2022 Bismarck, North Dakota Four puppies were rescued from cold weather after they were discovered living under an abandoned trailer. 4
1/2022 Reading, Pennsylvania A woman was charged with cruelty after allegedly confining three dogs to a backyard in freezing temperatures with no shelter or drinking water. One dog was euthanized. 2

No animal should endure a cold weather–related death. It’s inexcusable.

As guardians, we must take these vital steps in order to protect our beloved animal family members:

1. Keep animals indoors.

Puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans, are particularly susceptible to the elements, but all animal companions should be kept warm and cozy indoors. Short-haired animals will also benefit from wearing warm sweaters or coats during brief trips outdoors.

2. Don’t allow your cat or dog to roam outdoors without supervision.

Being outside unattended is always dangerous for our animal companions, but cold weather poses even more risks. Cats can climb under the hoods of cars in order to get near warm engines and then be badly injured or killed when the vehicle is started.

3. Keep an eye out for strays.

If you see companion animals roaming the streets, bring them indoors until you can find their guardians, or take them to an animal shelter.

4. Clean dogs after they come in from the snow.

Salt and chemicals used to counter snow can make animals sick if they ingest them. Always clean off your dogs’ legs, paws, and stomach after they’ve been out in the snow. If you use antifreeze, buy a nontoxic brand like Sierra or Prestone LowTox.

5. If you see dogs left outdoors in extreme weather without proper shelter, alert the authorities.

Winter weather spells extra hardship for “backyard dogs,” who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements, note their location and alert local authorities immediately.

6. Help all animals survive cold snaps.

During extreme winter conditions, you can provide birds and other wildlife with access to water by filling a heavy nonmetal water bowl (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice twice a day.

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When the weather improves, be sure to remove any food offerings in order to prevent the animals’ dependence on artificial feedings.

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Together, we can help drastically reduce the number of dogs and other animal companions who die in cold weather and even eliminate these tragedies altogether.

Animals are counting on us—as their guardians and as good Samaritans—to keep them safe. We can’t let them down.

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