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Keep your pets safe in the cold, winter weather

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) would like to remind you that pets need special care during the cold winter months. Dogs and cats should be inside when the temperature drops.

If your dog is outside, it must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse. Windchills can be especially difficult for animals and can threaten their life. Make sure that pets who are outside have water that isn't frozen and is in plastic bowls, as metal ones can get very cold and their tongues can stick and freeze to it. Wipe your animals paws after they've been outside to remove the salt and other chemicals they may come in contact with which can irritate them.

Be especially careful with antifreeze as it's a deadly poison but has a sweet taste which attracts animals. Watch for frostbite on their ears and other areas.

For more information and tips, please contact the shelter at 483-6700.

Dusty

7 year old. Neutered Male. Golden Retriever.

I am an easy-going dog who enjoys people and other animals and will fit well into most homes. I know sit and down, I like to fetch, and overall I know how to be a good member of the household.

Elf

1 year old. Spayed Female. German Shepherd.

I am a gorgeous example of my breed. How and why I was running stray is a mystery. I am underweight right now but when I fill out, I will be gorgeous. In addition to beauty, I have other German Shepherd traits-I am a little nervous and intense-no small kids, please.

Juniper

3 year old. Spayed Female. Domestic Short Hair Gray Tiger.

My favorite toy is a little cat ball with a bell inside. After a long chase with the ball I am ready to curl up in a nice warm bed for a nap. I am a love.

Bella

1.5 year old. Spayed Female. Domestic Short Hair Orange Tiger.

I am a young female cat who is looking for a home that is feline-free. I don't mind dogs and I love people but I cannot stand other cats. I even get jealous if I smell them on the people I love.

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