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Animal Care Services needs help keeping animals warm

Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 18:41:16-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Winter has arrived and just like us, dogs and cats like to stay warm.
Animal Care Services Director Mike Gillis said they are in need of towels and blankets.
"Particularly the smaller dogs like to cuddle up in a nice cozy little blanket," Gillis said. "Like all of us do in the colder weather."
Gillis said many of these dogs and cats are not accustom to weather this cold.
"So we go through a great deal of towels, certainly in the rain, or bedding for them," he said. "Towels and blankets, we do wash them but we only have so many washes that we get out of them."
Gillis said they regularly need newspaper to line the bottom of cages.
"In the digital age there's not as many newspapers as there used to be," he said. "So we use the newspapers for our cats."
Gillis said they always need volunteers.
"We just started a new program over the weekend where we will be running play groups for dogs," he said. "As a matter of fact on Saturday I counted them and we had 23 dogs out in the yard at the same time."
He said he needs volunteers to walk these dogs back and forth from the kennels to the play yards. He said he also saw two dogs immediately get adopted because this program gave people an opportunity to see them outside of their kennels.
Brittany Crayton, a field supervisor for Animal Care Services, said she wants to remind everyone at home to keep an eye on their own pets when there is a cold weather advisory.
"You wouldn't want to be out there tied up in the freezing weather," Crayton said. "And we don't want the animals that way as well."
Gillis said all donations can be brought straight to the shelter located at 2626 Holly Rd.
He said if you have a larger donation they will drive you around back and assist you.
For those interested in helping out with the new program, you can fill out an application in person or by CLICKING HERE.