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Freezing temperatures are especially dangerous for animals.

Pets and strays caught in the cold can develop hypothermia or get poisoned by antifreeze on the ground.

Bailey Walters, at the Lubbock Animal Shelter, wants you to help keep our furry friends warm.

"We always ask that someone tries to pick up the animal. We do have a dispatch and field officers, but we get a surplus of calls with this kind of weather, so unfortunately we just don't have the resources to get every single dog out on the street," Walters said.

LAS is asking you to foster the animal, until you can get an appointment with the shelter.

Walters says most animals move from fostering homes into the shelter within three days.

She says field officers will be extremely busy this weekend.

"They're usually just kind of waiting for those phone calls. We definitely have enough to respond to, so they probably aren't going to be waiting around a whole lot. They're probably just going to be driving around doing all those welfare checks and also getting any stray dogs that they see," Walters added.

In Texas, it's illegal to tether an animal outside in freezing temperatures.

"So if you see a neighbor, you know, maybe just go up to their door if you feel safe to do that, and ask them politely to bring their dog inside. If that doesn't seem to work, once again you're always welcome to call us at our field office phone number and we can try to get an officer out there," Walters said.

She recommends only taking your pets outside for bathroom breaks.

Walters says if dogs escape, they don't have the best instincts to find warmth.

"So definitely keep them leashed, wipe off their paws after they come inside. And, you know, also have a nice, warm place for them inside, as well," Walters added.

If you must keep an animal outside, LAS recommends avoiding the use of heaters to keep them warm, as they can be dangerous.

Heat lamps can be used, as long as they're not too hot or close to the animal.

"We do recommend not to do blankets at this time, just because those can get wet and it just creates more of a cold environment than a warm one. Instead of using blankets we recommend using hay," Walters said.

She also suggests banging on your car hood before driving off, to make sure there aren't any cats taking shelter from the cold.

You can call 806-775-2057 to make a drop-off appointment or call 806 -775-3357 for the field office.

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