Cold Weather Tips
Misconceptions About Winter
Many people believe that because their pets have a coat of fur they are able to withstand the cold better than humans. This is not the case. Like us, animals are accustomed to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can as hard on them as it is on people. Forcing animals to be outside during harsh weather can lead to serious illness.
Tips for Indoor Safety in Winter
If you use a space heater or light a fire, watch your pets closely. They are as attracted to the warmth as you are, so make sure their tails or paws do not come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces that can cause severe burns. Also, if a pet knocks over a heating source, the entire house is in danger of catching on fire.
Provide your pet with a thick, soft bed in a warm room on chilly nights.
Tips for Winter Safety
Follow these guidelines to protect your pets in cold weather:
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible in cold weather. When they go out, stay with them. When you’re cold enough to go in, your pet is probably ready to return inside too.
- Make sure that your pet always has fresh, non-frozen drinking water. Animals who don’t have clean accessible water will turn to gutters and puddles when they can drink deadly antifreeze, oil and other chemicals.
- Your pet’s health can also affect how long it can stay outdoors. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances can compromise a pet’s ability to regulate their own body heat.
- Very young and old animals are especially vulnerable to the cold. The cold can be especially hard on the joints of older animals that become stiff and tender. Stay directly behind older pets when they are climbing stairs. Stiff and arthritic pets can experience significant injury if they slip on ice, so beware of conditions when you walk them.
- If you live near a pond or lake, be especially careful of ice. Animals can easily fall through the ice and it is difficult for them to escape on their own. Keep your pet on a leash and stay with them when outdoors.
- Pets who go outdoors can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. Keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw by wiping their feet with a washcloth when they come inside.
- Beware of your pet becoming trapped. Animals left outdoors can be very resourceful in trying to find shelter. They dig into snow banks and dive under porches, into window wells, and cellars where they can become trapped. Always provide warm, accessible shelter and watch them closely.
- Check under your car hood, honk, or rap on the hood before you start your car or truck engine. A cold cat will curl up against almost anything–including engines–to stay warm.
+ Donation Challenge to Help the Shelter!
It all started with a challenge from the Tawas Bay Eagles No. 2588, challenging everyone to triple their $100 donation. Well, it didn't take long before that challenge was met by the GFWC Woman's Club of East Tawas, Inc., who then challenged any other club or individual to meet or exceed their donation. Well that was just met by Michael & Anita Holland of East Tawas, who is now challenging all residents of Iosco County to give what they can.
These Donations are now more important then ever. Due to budgetary constraints, the Iosco County Commissioners have been forced to eliminate the Animal Shelter's funding. The Iosco County funding covers a major portion of the Shelter's annual costs, so 2012 will be a real struggle for us to keep the shelter operating.
Lets see how far we can make this challenge go, see how you too can help the shelter, and donate today (Click her to find out how)posted on 12/29/11
Iosco Animal Shelter3881 W. M-55
Tawas City, MI 48763
Located just east of Sand Lake Rd.
Main Telephone:(989) 362-3170
Adoption/Shelter Hours:Monday - Friday: 1pm - 5:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am - Noon
Closed Sundays & Holidays
Executive Director:Mary Kuron
ICHS Fee StructureAdoption Fees:
$35 - Adoption
$50 - Adoption Deposit (Refundable)
$10 - 1 Animal
$25 - 2 or More Animals
$15 - Fee 1st Offense
$25 - 2nd Offense
$35 - 3rd Offense
$10 - Boarding per day
Iosco County Humane Society
2013 Meeting DatesThe Iosco County Human Society meetings are held at 7:00pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at the animal shelter