Humane Society of Raleigh County gives tips for taking care of outdoor pets in the winter


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – As the winter temperatures move in, it’s important for animal owners to think about winter options for their outdoor animals.

Those with the Humane Society of Raleigh County say it’s best to bring those animals indoors. Jessica Stegmeir who works at the front desk of the shelter, says if that is not a possibility, the garage can also serve as a shelter as long as there are warming materials for the animal’s bedding

“Another thing to remember is don’t put any cloth material in a dog house or a cat house because if the animal gets wet, it will freeze to them, so straw or hay is your best bet for insulation but really if you can, just bring your animals inside,” Stegmeir said. 

Stegmeir also said that just because your animal has a heavy coat does not mean it can withstand the cold temperatures for a prolonged period of time. 

Anna Saunders

Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.