Freezing temperatures are posing a risk for people and animals.

Chris Madison, from It's a Dog's Life Fostering Network in Kenora explains what to do if you find an animal out in the cold.

"If it's during the day, in city limits, call the city and animal control will pick it up. I know a lot of people get upset and think if they take a dog to the pound it'll be put to sleep, and that's not the case," she said.

She said if the dog isn't claimed animal control will hold the dog until the fostering network can find foster home or forever home for the animal.

She also explained how they can help if you find a dog out in the cold after hours.

"If people can't keep a dog then we, It's a Dog's Life, try and find a foster home or a place for it to go for the next day. Or try and work something out with the people who found it, to see if they can keep it over night. But keeping it out of this weather is really important," she said.

Madison said they're always in need of foster homes for the dogs. She explained that because every dog and situation is different they need a variety of different homes.

"Sometimes we need homes for puppies, sometimes we need homes for older dogs, sometimes we need homes for dogs with some issues. We need a variety,"

She added that time is also a factor. Sometimes they need short term homes, and other times they may need a long term home.

Madison added that if a family dog is living out in the cold, or spends the majority of it's time outside it's important to have proper shelter.

"If you have a dog that is living outside, contact us if you feel you don't have the proper shelter for it. We will find a dog house, and we have delivered. We're more then willing to help dogs that are living outside in this weather," she said.

Anyone wishing to adopt or foster a dog must complete and submit an application which can be found at the It's a Dog's Life website.

For more information:

It's a Dog's Life Fostering Network

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