The Southern Pines Animal Shelter took extra measures to protect shelter animals from the extreme cold Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
While most of the animals had a warm enclosure with a bed and blanket, there were several in unprotected kennels where they would be exposed to the cold and the wind.
Shelter staff lined the kennels with hay and provided blankets for the dogs. They also put up protective barriers over the kennels. With more cold weather expected Thursday night, they built more permanent barriers that would better protect the dogs.
Ginny Sims, shelter manager, says that people should know that animals can be just as susceptible to the cold as people can.
"We urge anybody in the public to bring in their pets if all possible," said Sims. "If it's not possible make sure they have adequate shelter. It's vital for their safety because this weather can be deadly."
The Hattiesburg Zoo is also taking extra measures to protect their animals.