HOUSTON -

Cold weather has moved into the Houston area for the next few days, so the Houston Humane Society wants everyone to take precautions to be sure your pets stay safe.

The humane society recommends keeping all pets indoors. If it’s not possible to keep them in the house, keep them in the garage. 

If your pet must stay outside, make sure the shelter is clean, dry and well insulated and be sure to change the bedding daily to prevent moisture, and position the opening away from the wind and any rain.

Here are other safety tips:

  • Be sure to dry off the paws, legs, and stomach of your dog when you bring them back in from outside.  If your pet is short haired or recently groomed, consider putting a sweater or shirt on them before taking them outside.
  • Puppies may be difficult to house train during the cold, try paper-training inside until it warms up.Make sure your pet always has access to plenty of fresh water and food.  And be sure to check outdoor water bowls frequently.
  • If your dog is sensitive to the weather due to age, illness, or breed type, be sure to only take them outdoors to relieve themselves.
  • During cold weather, cats especially are in danger.  Many seek shelter under car hoods for warmth.  When the motor is started, injury and even death could occur.  As a precaution, bang loudly on the hood of your care before starting the engine in case a stray cat is using your car as a safe haven.
  • Law mandates that your pet must have proper shelter in inclement weather.  If you see something you think might be cruelty or neglect we urge you to contact our animal cruelty investigation team. You can file a claim online.