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Guardians of Rescue Saves Dogs Suffering from Freezing Temperatures
By Guardians of Rescue
Dec 18, 2013 - 4:47:43 AM

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SMITHTOWN, NY -- (December 16, 2013) -- The perils of hot weather for your pets are well known, but cold weather is equally dangerous for animals. According to the American Veterinary Association, dogs should be kept inside during cold weather; like people, dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Sadly, not every pet owner takes his or her dog inside during the freezing winter months. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue group, steps up to shelter these cold pets with insulated doghouses and will be traveling this winter from Camden, NJ to Maine providing assistance to those in animals in need.

"Unfortunately, some people leave their pets outdoors year-round, regardless of the dropping temperatures," affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. "The cold weather is extremely bad for a dog's health and can lead to sickness, even death. Unfortunately, a lot of the dogs we find need immediate medical attention. To ease the suffering dogs, we're distributing insulated doghouses throughout the Northeast for protection from the freezing weather. The free doghouses have clean straw, and when able, we plug in a outdoor heating pad to make them as comfortable as possible."

Regardless of long-haired or short-haired fur, dogs are still at risk in the cold weather. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and more have a harder time adjusting their body temperature, leading to more suffering. If you see a dog that is left outside for extended periods of time or overnight, call Guardians of Rescue to arrange to have an insulated doghouse provided for the dog.

"To continue saving lives, we need help from the community, not only through donations but if you see a dog left outside, discarded or being abused it's important to report it to the proper authorities and/or call us to stop the abuse," Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. "With the help of the public we are making a difference one dog house at a time by providing refuge to those animals in need so they are protected from the elements."

Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. They provide instrumental education to young people about animal abuse and how to prevent it. Guardians of Rescue founded programs such as Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist with post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, please visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org


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