Frigid temperatures aren’t just dangerous for humans – they affect animals, too. It’s crucial for pet owners to keep their pets indoors for the next 48 hours or so, explained Evanston Animal Shelter Executive Director Vicky Pasenko.

Nancy Anderson’s grand dog, Remy, is in the perfect place to weather the Artic blast, according to the Animal Shelter’s Vicky Pasenko. Credit: Nancy Anderson

“People really, really need to bring them inside during this weather,” Pasenko said. “They could literally freeze to death when it’s as cold as it’s going to be tonight.”

Pasenko said she doesn’t expect many stray dogs and animals will be wandering the streets. But if you do spot strays, Pasenko advises calling the Evanston Police Department’s non-emergency line at 847-866-5000.

The EPD has access to the shelter and can place the animals in kennels anytime.

The shelter has a small staff that will tend to the site’s current population of 25 cats and 15 dogs. During this time, the shelter will take the dogs for short potty breaks rather than the usual walk around James Park. Pasenko suggests pet owners keep pets’ usual outside time minimal during this weather.

These two besties, Blue (the Golden, right) and Crash (the Golden Doodle), have the right idea for weathering the sub-zero temperatures. Credit: Becky Kremin

The animal shelter is all set to brave the snow storm. But once the storm blows over, the shelter is in need of more dog and cat food donations, especially dry dog food, for its food pantry. The pantry supplies free pet food for pet owners. To donate, drop off food at the shelter at 2310 Oakton St.

Until the storm passes, Pasenko advises, “Stay off the road, and stay in your house.”

Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....

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