Many people think it’s fine to leave a cat or dog outside in the middle of winter since they have a thick layer of fur to keep them warm.
However, that layer of fur can only do so much, which is why animal shelters like the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) and rescue teams around the country are warning owners to bring pets inside since their fur can’t do much to protect them when the temperature dips below freezing.
“With a Winter Storm Warning in effect throughout most of northern Utah, we wanted to remind everyone to bring their pets inside or provide them adequate shelter,” the HSU wrote in a warning on their Facebook after Utah woman Gabriel Zarate brought in a kitten frozen to a blanket.
“It was very skinny, it had gone without food for a while, frozen to the blanket,” DeAnn Shepherd, Director of Marketing and Communications for HSU, said about the 8-10-week-old kitten. “Its ears had a little frostbite on it. So it took some time for us to be able to re-warm the animal.”
Luckily, the kitten quickly started to recover and the team hopes to find her a forever home once she is finished with treatment. “Our foster staff named her Elsa because she loves to sing to get people over to her kennel. If you are caring for animals out in the community, PLEASE avoid leaving out blankets which absorb water and then freeze. Straw is a much better alternative as it does not absorb water and acts as an excellent insulator.”
Watch the entire video below to see how far baby Elsa has come in the short time since she’s been rescued.
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[Featured image: Facebook/The Humane Society of Utah]