Local non-profit giving pets "upper paw" on cold weather

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Colder weather is coming and one local pet organization wants to make sure our four-legged friends stay protected.

About over 150 barrels were donated by dairy farmers to P.E.T.S Low Cost Spay and Neuter to make dog houses so that every dog and cat could have a warm place to sleep this winter.

Executive Director of P.E.T.S., Leslie Harrelson said the time to act is now.

"Get your dog house already set up and be prepared," said Harrelson.  "It's already chilly in the morning.  Make sure your animal has shelter."

The nonprofit wants to help you with that which is why they are making dog houses out of recycled barrels.

This is the second year for P.E.T.S. to use the plastic barrels.

In the past, they built wooden dog houses, but not as many.

"It is a lot easier to produce them this way," said volunteer Anibal Guevara.  "We have been able to get many more shelters out that way."

Last winter the volunteers built more than 100 shelters.

Harrelson said building them is easy.

"They cut the hole, we put a hole on the other side so it always drains so that moisture that gets inside can drain, and the straw helps keep the animal warm," said Harrelson.

There are also smaller Styrofoam coolers for cats to use for protection during the winter.

Volunteers are building the shelters quickly as possible.

"We built like 30 to 40 shelters in that one day a couple of weeks ago and we will keep building as long as we can," said Guevara.

There are still more than 100 barrels in storage and ready to be put together.

Guevara said there is no excuse to not have shelter for your pet.

"Once it's cold your animal is going to be suffering," said Guevara.  "It's best to come get it before it gets cold that way you know your animal is set."

The dog and cat houses are free to anyone who needs one.

They can be picked up at P.E.T.S Low-Cost Spay and Neuter at 500 Wichita Street Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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