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Local animal shelter gives tips on keeping pets warm in winter

Southern Pines Animal Shelter is suggesting pet owners provide adequate shelter for dogs and cats in cold weather. Southern Pines Animal Shelter is suggesting pet owners provide adequate shelter for dogs and cats in cold weather.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This week's cold weather has people in the Pine Belt bundling up to stay warm, but some folks are reminding us to take steps to keep our four-legged friends warm, too.    

The staff at Southern Pines Animal Shelter said if possible, bring pets inside on cold, windy nights.

But, if you can't, at least give them some adequate shelter. It'll certainly make them feel better. 

"(It should have) three sides, a roof, a floor that's elevated from the ground," said Ginny Sims, manager of Southern Pines Animal Shelter. "It's best if they have some insulation inside the house, so it should be big enough for them to stand up and turn around, but not so big that it can't hold on to their warmth. And adding hay or blankets or straw can also help to hold in that warmth as well." 

Sims also said make sure your pet's water is fresh and not frozen.  

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