Oklahoma Alliance for Animals 'rescues' animals out in the cold
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- In these extreme cold temperatures, the best thing you can do is stay inside. That includes your pets.
"If it is cold for you, it is cold for the dog," Oklahoma Alliance for Animals President Jamee Suarez said.
When it's cold, warmth and shelter is most important.
Suarez and several OAA volunteers bundled up, to help animals bundle up.
Suarez says the big focus this freezing weekend is helping animals left tied up outside.
The program Unchain OK works to reduce the number of pets chained up through educating people and giving basic needs to those animals.
"We want to make sure a dog on a chain has a warm pallet, a place to get out of the weather because a lot wind up dead from hypothermia," Suarez said.
Without proper shelter and supplies, these temperatures can be deadly.
"Shivering, that is one of the first signs," Suarez said. "Hypothermia hits them pretty quick, a lot of them just perish in this."
The group is delivering dog houses, straw for warmth, food and coats to animals that can't be inside. The best part is that it's all free.
The need in Tulsa and surrounding areas is great, and OAA could use help to ensure these pets stay safe and warm throughout the winter months.
"We really do need dog houses, we don't care if they are used," Suarez said. "We like the ones that can snap together, they are easy to get in our cars and get to the pets in need."
In this weather, she says helping animals is an emergency.
If you or someone you know needs shelter and/or supplies for a pet, you can check out their website.
You can donate to OAA online or purchase items from any pet store and OAA will pick it up. Doghouses and food can also be dropped off at the OAA office located in The Farm Shopping Center at 5321 South Sheridan Road, Suite 30, in Tulsa or at Pooches at 5331 East 41st Street in Tulsa.
For ideas of items to donate to the organization, OAA and Unchain OK have set up a wishlist on Amazon.