One frigid February day, Animal Control Officers found a chained dog surrounded by trash and junk, standing atop a log- the only space not covered in snow. Holes filled her dog house roof and the only available water had long frozen over. Food was nowhere in sight.
Ben Loller of Chestertown heard about a child who donated to an animal shelter, which gave him an idea to turn his 8th birthday into a fundraising event for the Kent County Humane Society.
Ben asked all his friends to bring something he could give to the Kent County Humane Society instead of a gift to him.
We asked him if he was really sure he wanted to do this and he was. Ben had made his New Year resolution to help animals and thought this was a great start!
Ben’s friends came over to celebrate and everyone brought a wonderful donation for the Humane Society. Ben raised close to 200lbs of food in addition to bleach and some cat toys. Some friends also gave Ben some cash and told him he could choose to keep it or donate it, and Ben gave $45 too!
In the end, Ben told us that his friends loved the idea and now they want to do something like this too! We told him he planted a wonderful seed and now hopefully he can watch it grow!!!
By Wendy Loller
Brrrr….it’s cold outside!! Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather:
-All pets need adequate shelter from the elements and insulation against cold weather. Pets should not be left outside for long periods in freezing weather. Like humans, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. The young and senior pets are especially at risk.
-Fresh water is a must at all times. Pets are not able to get enough water from licking or eating snow. Be sure to check the water supply often to make sure it is not frozen.
-Never let your dog off leash on snow or ice – they can lose their scent and easily become lost.
-Just like in summer, never leave your cat or dog alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
-Take a minute to wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he/she comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He/she can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws.
-Watch out for cats! Outdoor cats sometimes seek shelter near warm car engines and sleep under the hoods of vehicles. If the engine starts, the fan belt can kill the animal. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang on the car hood before starting up the motor to let the cat escape.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING PROPER SHELTER FOR YOUR PET OR IF YOU SEE AN ANIMAL IN DISTRESS OR SUFFERING FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE ELEMENTS, PLEASE CALL THE HUMANE SOCIETY AT 410-778-3648. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!!