Saturday, 06 January 2018 14:32

Porky & Buddy Column: Help When It's Just Way Too Cold

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Dear Readers: Continuing on from last week's column about the story of Jack in the Box and making 2018 the Year of Kindness, we had planned to tell you today about how the Oswego County Humane Society can help when you have a pet that needs a home and you think you may have run out of options.

And we will get to that eventually, but today, in light of the weather, we want to talk about the issue of apparently homeless pets out in the cold. We all know that cold like we are experiencing now can kill animals. So we are asking all of you to do the right thing.

First of all, if it's a dog that you find, call your local Dog Control or Animal Control Officer. You can find the contact information from your City of Town Clerk. If you can safely get the dog into shelter while you wait for help then do so, but help is available, so don't take any risks with a strange dog. Our local Animal Control and Dog Control Officers are, without exception, animal lovers and they do a great job so don't hesitate to ask for help.

Cats are another story. City Animal Control Officers are authorized to deal with cats so city residents have that resource. Town Dog Control Officers do not have that authority, so you are on your own if you live out in the country.

The first thing you should do though, when a cat suddenly appears, is ask your neighbors. Cats get lost, get afraid, and then hide. Male cats that are not neutered wander. Unless you actually see a cat being abandoned somewhere (in which case call 911) don't make that assumption until you have checked with all the other cat lovers in your area. You could be pleasantly surprised.

Last week, the Humane Society posted on its Facebook page about the need to watch out for and try to help apparently homeless cats in the winter. The responses were heartwarming. All over the County, people already are feeding and providing shelter for cats that showed up on their porch or under their crawlspace or in their barns. They were happy to tell their stories and share ideas about solutions that they had devised to provide at least a modicum of warmth. You can find more ideas about materials and contraptions that will work from Alley Cat Allies at this link alleycat.org/community-cat-care/winter-weather-tips/

Many commenters also recognized the need to spay and neuter their "uninvited guests." Unless you believe that you may have a pregnant cat, this is obviously not a good time to embark on that part of providing care. But call the Oswego County Humane Society for tips on what resources may be available if you have a pregnant female, or if not, when the weather clears.

Thanks to all of our Readers for all you do!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Located at 29 West Seneca Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 2,07-1070. Email: [email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

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