Doesn't Magda look cozy? In her curled cat position snuggled up against a warm blanket, hers is a picture of a perfect life. Mgada's adopter wrote of her her first couple of days in her new home, "just wanted to let you know that Magda is doing well at her new home. She seemed to adjust really well; she ate right away, explored the apartment, used her litter pan immediately,and spent the night snuggling with me on the couch. She is such a sweet and smart girl! Thank you so much for the opportunity to meet and fall in love with Magda."
What does Magda's perfect report have to do with extreme weather? Nothing, except to remind us that not all animals are so lucky as to have a person to cuddle with. Strays are obviously in need of immediate help, even when the weather is not freezing. But, sometimes animals who appear to have "homes" should be reported to the authorities, too. In the District of Columbia it is against the law to chain a dog and all dogs outside for an extended period of time in a fenced in area MUST HAVE a proper dog house. That means, the structure needs to be off of the ground, have a door flap to guard against wind, and have adequate dry bedding inside. Cats should not be outside. They constantly seek warmth and sometimes they find it under the hood of a recently parked car. Those temporary shelters can turn into death traps. Report animals in distress to District Animal Control, 202 576-6664. To report animals in need outside of D.C.find your local animal control agency through 411 or google search.
All animals should have a doting guardian who takes photos and writes emails just like Magda's.