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Published on Friday, January 18, 2019

Protect your pet from S.A’s first big freeze

Animal Care Services offers tips for keeping pets safe during coming arctic blast

CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210.207.6665, 210.315.3130


SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 18, 2019) - With freezing temperatures expected throughout the weekend, residents must take steps to protect pets from the cold, wet weather. Animal Care Officers take zero tolerance with residents who let their pets suffer in these wintery conditions. Violators will receive criminal citations and risk seizure of their pets. With a few simple precautions, you can ensure your pets stay safe during cold snaps.

  • Certain pets are more vulnerable to the cold than others. Shorthaired, very young or old dogs and all cats should not be left outside in the cold. Shorthaired dogs may benefit from a sweater while outside.
  • Pets who spend much of their day outdoors will need some extra food throughout the winter months. That’s because they use up more energy trying to stay warm. A few extra kibbles probably won’t hurt but make sure your pet is getting daily exercise if they’re prone to weight gain.
  • Always provide fresh, clean water regardless of the season. Check water daily and clean bowls regularly to prevent algae growth.
  • Be mindful of your pets while winterizing your car. Antifreeze is deadly to pets who are attracted to its sweet taste. Store all chemicals out of reach especially if you’re going to bring your pets into the garage on cold nights.
  • Before heading out to warm up the car, bang on the hood a time or two. A warm engine can be a welcome spot for a cold cat and the noise should scare them away before you start the engine.


The City of San Antonio has laws that protect pets from neglect including exposure to harsh weather conditions. Residents can report possible animal ordinance violations by calling the City’s 3-1-1 Customer Service line or by using the 311 app which can also receive pictures.