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Animal Welfare Council helping pets that are in the cold

Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka

WOODLAND, Pa. -- Members of a Clearfield County organization are doing their best to help keep animals safe from the harsh temperatures embracing the area over the next two days.

The Allegheny Spay and Neuter Clinic/Animal Welfare Council and volunteers are building animal shelters and providing straw to help minimize the effects of the cold weather on animals that arent able to be inside during the cold snap.

Nina Davis from the council said theyve been working to provide resources and coordinate help with those who arent able to bring their pets or animals inside.

The council and volunteers have been building dog houses made of plywood and insulation that can help protect pets.

Those are going fast and we are coordinating efforts to get an additional supply of those made, Davis said.

Members are also providing straw to help keep pets a litter warmer.

[Straw] is better to use than bedding, as far as blankets and things because those can get wet and cold, Davis said.

Davis said just like humans, animals are very susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia and can die if left in the elements.

As of Monday afternoon, about 12 dog houses have been given away for free, Davis said. She encourages people to also take advantage of other resources the welfare council provides.

We do have a pet food pantry for anyone in need, Davis said. We do get pet food donated by a variety of sources.

For additional information on the Animal Welfare Council, click here or contact them at 814-857-5282.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times