CODE BLUE! PETA Issues Survival Tips for Animals in Kansas City During Freezing Temperatures

For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2022

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Kansas City – Because temperatures are dropping below freezing in the Kansas City area, PETA is sharing tips for keeping animals safe. They are especially vulnerable in cold weather and winter storms, which lead to multiple deaths, injuries, and near-miss rescues each year. (And most incidents aren’t even reported.) A glimpse of just some of the dogs PETA’s fieldworkers have found suffering in the cold can be seen here.

The following steps can go a long way toward helping animals survive cold weather.

  • Bring them indoors: Companion animals should always live indoors.“Backyard dogs” and “outdoor cats”—like those featured in Breaking the Chain, the documentary produced by Oscar winner Anjelica Huston—often go without adequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care. They are no better equipped to survive freezing temperatures or extreme weather conditions than humans are, they suffer terribly from frostbite, and they can die of exposure.
  • Gear up: Coats will keep dogs comfortablein cold weather, secure harnesses can help prevent them from getting loose on walks, and booties will protect their sensitive paw pads from the frozen ground. Keep walks short in cold weather, especially for shorthaired dogs.
  • Don’t forget birds: During extreme winter weather, provide birds and other wild animals with access to an emergency water supply by filling a heavy nonmetal water bowl (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice at least twice a day.

Good Samaritans who see companion animals kept chained or penned outside 24/7 or without adequate shelter from the elements should note the animals’ exact location and alert local law-enforcement authorities immediatelyAnyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather may be prosecuted.

PETA has released a cold-weather public service announcement.

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