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Animal shelters adjust in cold weather

People aren't the only ones who need to stay out of the cold. Animal shelters are needing to limit their pets' outdoor time too. Loving Heart Animal Shelter is one that's adjusting to the cold.

Posted: Feb 7, 2021 7:15 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - With temperatures diving fast, many people are flocking indoors to stay away from freezing temperatures. But for dogs at Animal Shelters, staying inside means cutting back on already limited outdoor time.

Founder of Loving Heart Animal Shelter Sandy Fogarasi says it's important for the dogs' health to stay inside.

"The dogs are limited on time going outside because dogs don't know it's that cold, and they can get frostbite on their paws," Fogarasi said.

Other animals, like their cats, don't normally go outside. But the dogs enjoy their playtime outside.

But Fogarasi says even the dogs don't want to go out quite as much.

"There's a few who like to play fetch and do that stuff, they don't even think about it when it's this cold," Fogarasi said.

"You're lucky to get them two steps out the door and they want to come back in."

The more pressing issue for her is getting the dogs, and all the animals to loving families.

"Even if you just want to come sit and read a book to a dog would be a companionship with the dog so they're not just sitting here by themselves," Fogarasi said.

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