You may have noticed the weather around the county has gotten bitterly cold, with temperatures dipping as low as minus 3 last night. Naturally, you would keep yourself safe from this kind of cold, so make sure to do the same for your dogs, cats and other pets/animals!
First and foremost, DO NOT leave your dog outside in freezing cold temperatures. Dogs have been rescued or found dead in yards tied to trees or other stationary objects in icy and snowy elements. One of the most devastating things to come upon is a dog, or another animal, that has been tethered in the backyard during a winter freeze and to learn that the dog has actually frozen to the ground only to die from exposure. Being tied up and helpless to save yourself would be terrifying. Just think how our trusting pets feel when they are left in this state and unable to seek shelter, all while quickly succumbing to freezing temperatures.
Buy your dog a coat. This may sound silly to some people, but not all dogs have thick hair and older dogs feel the cold in their bones the way humans do when out walking. You can but a nice, warm, waterproof coat for your dog at any pet store or even online for less than 20 euro.
Whether house cat or outdoor cat, they need to be brought and kept indoors during cold weather. Scared and cold cats can get themselves into dangerous situations like getting stuck in pipes they have crawled into for warmth or hiding under car hoods on a warm engine.
As with hot weather,DO NOT leave pets in cold cars. Your car can quickly turn into an icebox, and result in their death.
Apply common sense in all cases – if conditions are undesirable for you, then they are undesirable or even dangerous to THEM. Your pet relies in you to keep them safe, make sure you do just that this winter.
Just a post to show how here at the Louth SPCA we never know what we are going to get next! These two Pigmy Goats were recently abandoned. They are wee devils that jump over EVERYTHING and bounce around a lot. Getting used to being handled… slowly.
They have had offers of homes already. We will be doing homechecks and making sure everything is in order for them.
Thanks to the Giving Team at PayPal we received a grant earlier
this year than before… and it was put to good use! We have at last gone from a rickety gate and messy yard like in the picture below, to a nice entrance and level surface you can actually walk across.
When it rained, it was embarrassing to say the least as people had to dodge the puddles to get to see the animals! Also for the volunteers welly boots were a must, even in the summer. Now we have a new driveway just in time for this year’s bad weather.
Case from Wednesday afternoon. People had tried to get it out of the drain but as you can see from the photo was quite stuck.
Fiona arrived later and tried kitchen utensils (ladle, spatula etc). Then she had a soft lead she managed to get round his head. With the spatula and lead she managed after a while to get him up and then with help of another lady got the poor thing out. Kids were delighted.
Fiona took the little guy to get checked and released it later
in a safe place. Please put covers your drains to avoid further incidents like this one. The next hedgehog (or other wildlife) might not be so lucky!
This year, thanks to Vania and Kathy, we received a grant from The Giving Team at Paypal. We have got it to lay a new driveway at kennels as its so muddy and looks awful. So we now need
to get the workmen to do the driveway. It’s quite a big job but we’re sure there are businesses out there who would like the job. Please get in touch with us if you know someone – by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (042 9335045) please.
The kitchen area in our shelters is in need of some maintenance. We badly need a new washing machine and the whole worktop/presses around the sink area need replacing/maintenance.
If anyone is getting a new kitchen anytime soon, they might be able to donate us some of these parts from their old one? We’re particularly interested in cupboards for under the sink. Your old washing machine would also be most welcome (if it still works).
Also, we would obviously need someone handy to help install these bits and pieces. Email is at email@example.com if you can help out. Be sure to include your phone number so we can get in touch!
The “Pop Up Shop” was a great success last week. Big thank you to all that gave us goods to sell, the volunteers who did a sterling
job, to all the great supporters that bought items. And The Longwalk Shopping Centre for allowing us to have the premises for the week.
The Committee (and the animals) that you have helped are most appreciative!
This photo is of the foal found in a yard at just over a month old. She is now in care of Holly’s Horse Haven. She is called April, and has to be fed every two hours for first while. Has grown and is doing so well thanks to all the great people there.
All the hard work being done to get Dexter back to health is starting to pay off. He has been under veterinary care since brought in, and we have changed the type of food he eats to Hypo Allergenic with fish. No meat or poultry.
Here’s a before and after comparison of Dexter. If you remember, he came to use in a terrible state.
Also feelbetterdotcom.com have provided us with Veterinary Aloe Vera spray and Propolis cream and tablets. So he is definitely improving, thanks to everyone involved.
Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals