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Published January 06, 2014, 06:24 PM

Gimme shelter: Humane society looking for volunteers to help keep pets safe

The local humane society is providing assistance to pet owners who cannot provide adequate protection from the extreme temperatures. It also is looking for volunteers to house pets.

By: Jennifer Johnson, Grand Forks Herald

As bone-chilling temperatures continue to force people inside, staff members at Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks encourage people to do the same for their pets.

Arlene Moen, executive director, said they’re looking for volunteers to offer temporary shelters for other pets that don’t have access to outdoor shelters. This was prompted by a couple of Humane Society committee members who wanted to make sure pets were warm and well taken care of, she said.

“Since we are so full so often, we’re just hoping that there will be offers out there,” she said.

Pet owners seeking alternative shelters can contact the Humane Society for suggestions, as a list with some options has already been created, she said.

All breeds and species, regardless of their natural ability to withstand the cold, should be protected from these extreme conditions to prevent injury and even death, she said.

“But any time we have a situation – whether it’s a flood or cold weather – we’re always looking for the names of people willing to provide a temporary home for pets in distress of any kind,” she said.

Moen also advised people to report strays or pets in danger of the cold to law enforcement agencies. Contact the Grand Forks Police Department at (701) 787-8000, East Grand Forks Police Department at (218) 773-1104 and the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department at (701) 780-8280.

For pet owners who need alternative shelters or volunteers who are willing to provide a shelter, call Circle of Friends at (701) 775-3732.