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Coping with the Cold

Above: Feleuk+ MiowMiow & friends stay warm - note Allie's ears and half a tail, lost when she suffered frostbite before coming to us

WHAT a week! Wednesday morning last week at Home for Life®: temperature was -34 degrees! Our overnight staff who lives east of us recorded -41 degrees at her house. This is the air temperature - the wind chill is far worse. With 200 animals at our facility, Home for Life® doesn't have the option to close. We are so grateful to our staff who have braved the arctic cold to come to work and take care of dogs and cats, birds and even Goliath our tortoise.

Inside - the dogs are cozy and warm By Friday, we were so happy and relieved because it was "only" -8 degrees. Since it was MINUS 28 degrees Thursday night, -8 degrees felt
like a heat wave.

Rory and Caden play in the snow, by the weekend it was nearly 40 degrees, a swing of almost 75 degrees in less than a week.
Rory and Caden play in the snow, by the weekend it was nearly 40 degrees, a swing of almost 75 degrees in less than a week.
We moved most of the short-haired and older dogs who were in the townhouses to the main buildings where we have heated floors and put additional heating units in the few townhouses still in use. We are relieved that our staff and animals made it through temperatures that have been colder than the arctic, with everyone safe and warm.

 

Inside-the dogs are cozy

 

Read more about some challenging winters we have experienced at Home for Life® in our blog post "The Coolest Time of the Year" here.
 

 

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HFL staff Jordyn is dressed for weather & scooping runs! Layers, snow pants, a hat, a smile and the appropriate attire for scooping.
HFL staff Jordyn is dressed for weather & scooping runs! Layers, snow pants, a hat, a smile and the appropriate attire for scooping.