The Greenville Zoo and a local animal shelter are getting ready for the cold temperatures that are expected to roll in on late Monday and early Tuesday.
Jeff Bullock, spokesman for the Greenville Zoo, said the zoo will be open on Tuesday, but 90 percent of the animals will remain locked in their dens to stay warm. Some animals like the Red Panda that like the cold weather may be out but will have the options to go inside if they don't want to be outside, Bullock said.
The zoo will provide extra straw bedding for the animals during the cold spell. Bullock said zookeepers will keep making their rounds on Tuesday to ensure the animals are safe inside their heated spaces.
Greenville County Animal Care is also getting ready for the cold weather and is in need of the public's help.
Greenville County Animal Care posted on its Facebook page on Monday that they are in urgent need of blankets for dogs at their facility during the cold spell. The shelter asked for donations of blankets for their large dog kennels.
"Our facility is heated, but they need all the help they can get to stay warm! Please bring blankets to Greenville County Animal Care Services," the Facebook post said.
Greenville County Animal Care posted an update later in the evening before it closed: "We asked for blankets, and you answered in a big way! Our dogs will be toasty warm tonight as our staff is tucking them in now. Here are some of our blanket donors from today. We need more tomorrow! We cannot thank our generous upstate community for helping our dogs!"
When it comes to pets at home, veterinarian Wayne Creel of Haywood Road Animal Hospital said that small and big dogs may react differently to the cold weather. He said that large dogs often have bigger ears, which may be susceptible to frostbite.
Smaller dogs should be kept inside, and if they are left outside too long to use the bathroom, Creel suggests putting a pup in tap water and gradually adding warm water as they become adjusted.
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Sunday, March 9 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-03-10 01:32:37 GMT
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