Protecting Your Pets


EARL. EARL: HERE AT THE MISSISSIPPI ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE THE FOLKS SAY THE HOLIDAYS USUALLY PROVIDE MORE DOWNTIME TIME FOR FAMILIES TO WELCOME A NEW PET INTO HER HOME. BUT THEY SAY AT TIME IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO THEM TO KNOW THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING CARE OF A PET.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PLANNING TO ADD THAT TO THEIR FAMILY. EARL: THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF M.A.R.L. SAYS PET ADOPTIONS AREN’T NECESSARILY ON THE RISE THIS TIME OF YEAR, BUT SHE SAYS IT IS THE TIME TO MAKE SURE YOUR ANIMAL IS PROPERLY PROTECTED FROM THE ELEMENTS.>>AS THE TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO DROP THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AND AS SOME WINTER PRECIPITATION COMES IN, BRING YOUR PETS IN. IF YOU ARE COLD THEY ARE COLD. EARL: BOSWELL SAYS STATE LAW REQUIRES PROPER SHELTER FOR YOUR ANIMAL, WHICH INCLUDES A SOLID ROOF, SOLID FLOOR AND 3 SOLID WALLS, ALONG WITH PROPER BEDDING MADE FROM CEDAR SHAVINGS OR STRAW. SHE SAYS ITS BEST TO MAKE SURE YOUR HOUSEHOLD IS READY TO HANDLE A NEW PET.>>IT IS KIND OF LIKE BRINGING A NEW BABY HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMING INTO A COLD ENVIRONMENT. THAT YOU HAVE THE TIME AND RESOURCES TO PROVIDE THAT ANIMAL. EARL: BOSWELL SAYS IT’S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE CHILDREN ARE PREPARED FOR THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNING AN ANIMAL. SHE SAYS ANY PET THAT’S PRIMARILY FOR A CHILD SHOULD BE FAMILY-FRIENDLY.>>BE SURE EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD IS AN AGREEMENT THEY ARE READY FOR A NEW PET IN THE FAMILY ND THAT INCLUDES YOUR OTHER PETS. EARL: BOSWELL SAYS ANIMALS DO HAVE FUR THAT KEEPS THEM WARM, BUT IMAGINE WEARING A LIGHT JACKET IN WINTER CONDITIONS, THAT’S WHAT IT’S LIKE FOR A PET TO BE OUTSIDE IN THE WINTER. SHE SAYS IT IS BEST TO BRING THEM INSIDE WHERE THEY ARE SAFE AND WARM.

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