How To Be A Hero To Animals This Winter C ompanion Animals: • • by Kate Timmins • • • Bring them in! Would you want to hang out in a kennel in this weather? Create cozy nests for them and ensure your house stays as warm as possible when you’re not home by keeping win- dows and curtains closed, using draft excluders and closing off unused areas. Consider pajamas for certain breeds, se- niors and animals with skin conditions. Make sure they get their exercise, but be cold-weather savvy. Once the tempera- ture drops below 35ºF, it can become dangerous to take domesticated animals on even relatively short walks Smaller animals are generally more sensitive to the cold but even larger an- imals and Arctic breeds can be at risk. It’s okay to walk in shallow snow if your furry friend is fit and wearing a coat but regularly check that their paws aren’t becoming impacted with ice and avoid frozen waterways and areas that may have been salted. After your walk, wipe down their paws, legs and belly to re- move any salt/grit they may have picked up as it can cause illness if ingested. S helter & Sanctuary Residents: • • • • Donate old towels, sheets, blankets, etc., to your local shelter - check before donating filled items such as quilts and pillows. Knit, crochet or sew bedding from remnants and scraps. Donate hay, cardboard boxes, or other items that may be needed for outdoor animals and little critters. Ask about donating or partially funding big ticket items such as heat lamps or heat packs for more vulnerable animals. W ild Animals: • Sitting cozily on your sofa with a hot cocoa, snuggled up in your favourite pjs and fluffy slippers, you may be wondering: how can we make sure other creatures are as comfortable as we are in this cold weather? There are many things you can do to help animals during the harsh winter months, whether they live with you, in the wild, or in a shelter or sanctuary. @kate_kismet 30 R a i s e V e g a n NOVEMBER 2018 • • • Create cozy hideaways in your yard for small creatures that may find them- selves caught away from their home when stormy weather hits. Fill feeders with appropriate food for your local wildlife, such as raw seeds or nuts, and be sure to clean feeders regularly. Prevent toxic gases from building under the surface of local ponds by holding a saucepan of hot water over the ice - never pour hot water onto the ice. Keep contact details for your local fauna rescue groups handy so you can quickly get help for animals in need.