Winter in New Orleans? Yes, it’s a real thing.

Even in New Orleans, we can experience freezing temperatures. Keep in mind that if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet to stay outside.

While temperatures this weekend aren’t supposed to reach freezing in the Greater New Orleans area,  we’re urging pet owners to protect their fur babies from the cold weather.

Igor all bundled up
Igor decided his hoodie sweater wasn’t enough to keep him warm so he cuddled under a sleeping bag in a staff member’s office.

Here are 5 tips to keep your pet warm & safe! 

  1. Pets shouldn’t be kept outside during cold weather.
  2. If you can’t bring your pet inside, their shelter must provide adequate protection from high winds and low temperatures.
  3. Puppies, kittens and senior pets are extremely sensitive to the cold.
  4. Your pet can’t signal for help so never leave them unattended around gas furnaces or electric heaters.
  5. Cats tend to crawl inside car engines or hide in wheel wells for warmth. Always check your vehicle and honk your horn before starting it.

Did you know that when temperatures reach 32 degrees, the National Weather Service will issue a freeze advisory? When this happens, our Humane Law Enforcement Officers treats all calls concerning animals without shelter as emergency calls. It’s our job to make sure all of the animals in Orleans Parish are safe!

If you see an animal outside without proper shelter during freezing temperatures, call us at 504.368.5191 ext. 100.