Upcoming Winter Storm Pet Care Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY

Spay & Neuter Kansas City Upcoming Winter Storm Pet Care Advisory

Who:Spay & Neuter Kansas City

What:Upcoming Winter Storm Pet Care Advisory

When:Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Where:1116 E 59th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Spay & Neuter Kansas City advises all pet owners that it is essential to provide adequate shelter and care for their pets during the upcoming winter storm. If at all possible, animals that normally stay outdoors should be brought indoors during freezing weather to protect them from the cold. If the pets absolutely must stay outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding, and plenty of non-frozen water. Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s Outreach Program is providing free hay or straw, dog houses and supplies to needy pets in the community on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 1116 E. 59th Street in Kansas City, MO in preparation for the upcoming storm.

SNKC advises pet owners to keep pets inside as much as possible when temperatures drop. If the pets need to go outside, stay outside with them. When you're cold enough to go inside, they probably are too. Even inside, provide a blanket, pillow or bed for the pet to use to stay warm. Wipe off your dog's paws, legs, and stomach when he comes in from the snow or ice. Salt or other chemicals might make your dog sick if he swallows them while licking his paws. What's more, his paw pads are sensitive and might bleed if snow or ice covers them. Pets that get too chilled could develop hypothermia or even frostbite.

SNKC is collecting gently used dog houses, hay, pet food and supplies as well as monetary donations to support their Outreach Program. SNKC assists thousands of pets in our community to encourage pet retention and promote responsible pet ownership. All supplies help needy pets in the Kansas City area helping to keep them out of our shelters and with the families who love them. Supplies and donations can be dropped off at SNKC Monday from 8am to 4pm Tuesday- Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm. Monetary donations accepted by mail: PO Box 410303, Kansas City, MO 64141 or online.

For more information call 816-353-0940 or visit Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s website for additional cold weather tips to help pet owners prepare at www.snkc.net

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Contacts: Marlan Roberts, Outreach Manager Cell phone 816-462-9787 (media use only) Michelle Rivera, Executive Director Cell phone 816-519-3428 (media use only)

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