The turning leaves and shorter days are more than just a sure sign that it's fall. They're also a reminder that in just a few weeks, the freezing temperatures, snow, and ice of winter will be upon us. While humans can always turn up the thermostat and throw on an extra layer of clothing for warmth and protection, the coming chill can be life-threatening for animals.
Every winter, dogs and cats struggle to survive long lonely days and nights outside in the freezing cold and rain. Many of these animals will freeze to death or suffer from exposure, frostbite, or hypothermia because of a lack of even the most basic shelter or care.