Helping outdoor pets when it gets cold

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - While it won't be frigid this week, it'll certain feel cold. And you might be wondering how you can care for the animals that live outside. The Toledo Area Humane Society has some tips.

You might have heard this one before: Cats love to crawl into your car's engine when it turns cold. Abbey Hall with the Toledo Area Humane Society says that happens a lot.

"Especially feral cats, or cats that aren't used to living outdoors, really love your warm car at the end of the night. We get lots of calls about cats stuck in engines, or they were driving and a cat fell out."

So, she suggests knocking on the hood of your car a few times before you leave in the morning. If you want to help *safely* keep the neighborhood cats warm, Hall suggests: "Plastic boxes, you can use hay, stuff like that with a little hole. It keeps feral cats extremely warm. If you do have a barn or garage that you're open to all feral cats into, give them lots of hay. Just give them that nice warm place to go when they're not out and about walking around."

But cats aren't the only animals who struggle during colder months.

Hall explains, "In terms of dogs, it's a pretty consistent flow that come in through Cruelty [Intake]. Especially if we have an extreme cold snap, we're not afraid to pull animals from homes when they shouldn't be outside. Bring them inside, you can even call us, we'll give you a crate. If your animal isn't used to being indoors and you're afraid of that, we'll give you a crate for a few days."

Toledo Area Humane Society has a program to re-home feral cats to “work” as barn cats. Click here to learn more.

For more information on Humane Ohio’s Trap-Neuter-Return program, click here.