It is usually heartbreaking to see pets stay outside during the winter. Is there a way of helping that helpless dog left alone in the cold? You can’t just ignore the sight of seeing a dog shivering in the cold even if it doesn’t belong to you. The following are some of the things to do in case you come along such a situation;
- Building a close relationship with the owner of the dog
The Marley’s Hope Dog Rescue’s founder, Darlene Grady-Lunn explains why those keeping their dogs outside prefer doing so. The main reason according to her is the fact that these people have adopted the practices of their families who have always done so. She further goes ahead to say that; “Nobody’s going to listen to you if you go in wagging your finger.”
2. Leaving a note
Leaving a note to the owner of a dog would significantly help in giving advice. Constable B. Gray, a member of the Edmonton Humane Society, concurs that conversations would really help in the case where a blow on the door seems dangerous or awkward. Primarily, cold weather guidance can be offered through written information, for example, the PDF version covering the Edmonton Humane Society Winter Safety Guidelines.
Officer grey states the importance of leaving the pamphlet in a mail box explaining that the owner is prompted to change the way of handling his or her dog as there is someone somewhere watching them.
3. Calling your regional animal control department
In the event you notice that a dog is in immediate danger, it is wise to call the Animal Control. A brochure is not usually enough. Provide a correct address to the local authorities as well as the information regarding the presence or absence of the dog owners at home and what the dog can access regarding food, water and accommodation.
Grey goes ahead to state the importance of providing complete and precise information as the authorities are normally moved with calls concerning dogs left out in extreme weather. He says that a number of people usually think that a dog’s barking is a sign of distress when in real sense; this might not be the case.
4. Building a dog’s shelter
Despite being cheap, plastic domes and plywood boxes are normally inefficient as they don’t keep a dog completely protected from cold. It is preferable to construct a complete dog house to enhance the safety of the dog.
5. Being persistent
Despite not technically breaking the law, it is very unfair to leave a dog in the cold. Grady-Lunn, a member of the Marley’s Hope advices anyone who has a caring heart to never give up on taking care of a dog that is abandoned outside as they might be the only people that understand the suffering a dog is undergoing.