PETA Offers Information for Safeguarding Companion Animals During Severe Weather

For Immediate Release:

27 February 2018


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Group Warns Against Leaving Animals Outdoors in Hazardous Conditions

Strathclyde – Because forecasters are predicting freezing temperatures, gales, and snowfall across Strathclyde as Storm Emma hits, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering advice for ensuring the safety of animal companions. Please alert your audience to the following information, which could help save the lives of cats, dogs, birds, and other companion animals during the inclement weather:

  • Keep animals indoors. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm jumper or coat during unavoidable walks.
  • Don’t allow your cat or dog to roam outdoors. During winter, cats sometimes climb under the bonnets of cars to be near warm engines and then are badly injured or killed when the car is started. (To help prevent this, bang loudly on the bonnet before starting the engine.) In addition, animals can become disorientated when there’s snow or ice on the ground. More animal companions are lost during winter than any other
  • an eye out for strays. Let unidentified animals wait indoors until you can find their guardians or take them to an animal shelter. If strays are skittish or otherwise unapproachable, provide them with food, water, and a temporary shelter and then call the RSPCA for assistance in trapping them.
  • If there’s snow on the ground, be sure to wipe your dogs’ or cats’ legs, feet, and torsos once they’re indoors. Salt and other chemicals can make them sick if ingested.
  • Antifreeze, which can be deadly if consumed, attracts animals because of its sweet taste. Avoid spills, take care to tighten the cap securely after use, and store the bottle in a place where animals can’t get to it.

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