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Final signature count: 5,402
Sponsored by: Humane Society of the United States

With weather systems delivering punishingly low temperatures – along with ice, snow, and wind – deaths from the cold cycle are mounting, including animal victims. Heartbreaking images on social media, of dogs left outside and frozen, are almost too much to bear.

Our instinct, upon seeing these images, is to avert our eyes because it’s so painful. But we should not be bystanders as the drama unfolds in backyards and fields and other settings in our communities. We can bring relief to these animals.

If someone you raise these concerns with responds poorly or their animals continue to be in danger, contact your local animal control agency.

Pledge to do your part to protect animals during the winter!

I pledge to:

  • Keep pets sheltered: Keep your pets inside with you and your family. Under no circumstances should pet cats be left outdoors, even if they roam outside during other seasons. Dogs are happiest when taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but kept inside the rest of the time. Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.
  • Bundle up, wipe down: No matter what the temperature is, wind chill can threaten a pet’s life. Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads is at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. For this reason, short and medium-haired dogs often feel more comfortable wearing a fleece jacket or sweater — even during short walks.
  • Remove common poisons: Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up any antifreeze spills immediately and keep it, like all household chemicals, out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife, and family. Be alert of any open garages that may entice your outdoor cat and may contain deadly poisons and other hazards. It is better to keep your cat inside during cold weather.
  • Protect outdoor animals: If there are outdoor cats, either owned pets or community cats in your area, remember that they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. Consider making them a simple shelter with plastic bins insulated with foam and lined with straw.
  • Protect horses: Be sure your horses have access to a barn or a three-sided run-in so they can escape the wind and cold. While not all horses will need to be blanketed, blankets will help horses keep warm and dry, especially if there is any rain or snow. If you’ve body-clipped your horses, keep them blanketed throughout the winter. Check the blankets frequently to make sure they are fitted appropriately and have not slipped or moved out of place where other dangers may occur.
  • Speak out:If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you’re concerned. Some people genuinely don’t know the risk that cold weather poses to their pets or livestock, and will be quick to correct any problems you address.

Petition Signatures


Feb 20, 2018 Socorro Wapelhorst
Feb 20, 2018 Lea Hirvikallio
Feb 20, 2018 DOLORES MORENO
Feb 19, 2018 Kim Huculiak My pets are rescues and will NEVER be abused or left unattended or left behind if there is a natural disaster they will go with us ANY AND ALL PETS will never have reason to fear. And we pledge they will never lack for anything!!
Feb 19, 2018 Magdalena Apostoloska
Feb 19, 2018 Elaina Delvino
Feb 19, 2018 Marion Friedl
Feb 19, 2018 Josh Smith
Feb 19, 2018 Norma Gibney
Feb 19, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 19, 2018 Ladonna Boyle
Feb 19, 2018 Dalca Botaro Carvalho
Feb 19, 2018 Maite Arauz
Feb 18, 2018 Heather Kessler
Feb 18, 2018 elena todo
Feb 18, 2018 Stacy Harris
Feb 18, 2018 Catherine Kellaway
Feb 18, 2018 Irene Murphy
Feb 18, 2018 Barbora Jelínková
Feb 18, 2018 Karen Cossu
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
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Feb 18, 2018 Linda Syroid
Feb 18, 2018 Erin Glenning
Feb 18, 2018 Andrea Wasserman
Feb 18, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 Mary Rothschild
Feb 17, 2018 Abigail Howard
Feb 17, 2018 Patricia Hammerschmidt
Feb 17, 2018 Gina White
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Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Leslie Williams
Feb 17, 2018 marie legoff
Feb 16, 2018 Jan Wachholz
Feb 16, 2018 Kristine Renick
Feb 16, 2018 Alaine Kaidash They need our help with this, weneed to protect them.. this cold issue is the first thing that is in my mind when i hear a bad forcast. Please get up to the plate and help them they give so much back.
Feb 16, 2018 Susan Beam-Gilleland
Feb 16, 2018 bernadette cuellar
Feb 16, 2018 Catherine Ball
Feb 16, 2018 Yves Ducro
Feb 16, 2018 enrico quaglia
Feb 16, 2018 Ann Felicetti
Feb 16, 2018 Carolyn Stewart
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Krin Asselta
Feb 15, 2018 JUAN Niño
Feb 15, 2018 J.J. Green
Feb 15, 2018 Clara Armenteros

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