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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Temperatures are dropping and workers at pet shelters are warning people not to leave their dogs and cats out in the cold. Stray Rescue of St. Louis says they recently found frozen dogs.
An Instagram post from Stray Rescue states:
âThis morning Donna was looking for a stray cold that needed help. She pulled up to the side of the road when she saw a doghouse sitting in the middle of nowhere. She walked over to it and saw straw coming out of the front. Terror and heaviness filled her when she realized it wasn’t empty. It hurts us even to type these words. Inside was a beautiful white dog with a collar, frozen to death. With her there were newborn puppies, also frozen to death.
Together, they lifted the entire doghouse in the Jeep. They brought the whole family back to Stray Rescue so we could have them cremated and at least give them dignity in death. It is obvious that the doghouse was thrown here, because it is far from a house or property. Sorry to bring you this horrible and sickening news, but it is the reality. This is why we are begging people to bring their pets during these dangerous and deadly temperatures. Even if you have to put them in your basement, do it. They will not survive these temperatures. Please. So, we don’t have heartbreaking mornings like this. Kennels and straw ARE NOT ENOUGH WHEN IT GETS THIS COLD. BRING YOUR PETS INSIDE. They suffer. ð “
In the past three days, workers at Stray Rescue said they had rescued dozens of dogs left to fend for themselves in the freezing cold.
Volunteers travel through Metro East and the St. Louis area in search of forgotten animals. Nearly 40 dogs have recently been rescued. Animals receive care, compassion, food, and all the medical help they need.
Rescuers spotted an abandoned doghouse on the side of the road in East St. Louis on Monday morning. Inside, a mother dog had apparently given birth, but she and her first puppy died in the cold before more puppies were born. Workers are doing all they can to prevent such events from happening.
âWe love them and we owe them. They absolutely deserve every chance we can give them, âsaid Donna Lochmann, Stray Rescue worker.
Their message is simple: bring your pets home when it’s cold.
âThey were thrown away like garbage. They didn’t deserve it. If someone just can’t bring their animals inside and is ready to return them, we’ll bring them here to Stray Rescue, âwrites executive director Cassady Caldwell.
Stray Rescue named the mom “Heaven” and her newborn baby “Baby Angel”. They ask foster families to volunteer to help take care of the dogs. The refuge is full. They provide everything needed to help pets.
“The only reason we can keep bringing more is if people are moving into foster care, and fostering is easy,” said Stray Rescue spokesperson Natalie. Thomson. “We give you everything you need, it doesn’t cost you a dime, just a big open heart and patience.”
You can become a foster family if you live outside of the state of Missouri. To register with a host family: Strayrescue.org/become-a-foster-parent.
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