Due to the lack of space indoors at the Clay County Humane Society Shelter, Bob Barker was one of the dogs that needed a warm place to stay until he was recently adopted.
When old man winter blows icy cold wind and snow across the land, man and beast retreat to the warmth of hearth and home for comfort from the freezing temperatures.
"I don't recommend that pet owners keep their animals outside in the winter," Clay County Humane Society Shelter Director Rick Moore told The Brazil Times. "My future goal (for the shelter) is to not house any animal outside in the future. We pick up more neglected animals during the winter months because owners haven't properly winterized for their pet."
At the shelter it's not always an easy life for the more than 25 dogs housed in outside pens.
"Because there is limited space at the shelter, some animals are housed outside," Floyd's Fund Director Jody Wilson said. "It's not much of a problem during warm weather, but when it gets cold the animals penned outside need some special attention."
Founded in March 2005, Floyd's Fund is named after a male beagle/Shar Pei mix cancer survivor who became somewhat of a local celebrity after his story was published in The Brazil Times in January. Floyd's Fund raises money to cover animal medical and caretaking expenses for the shelter.
The program is now accepting donations of new and used items to help winterize the outside pen area and take care of the animals at the Clay County Humane Society Shelter. Items like old blankets and bath towels can be used with straw and cedar chips to create bedding while tarps help stop the wind and inclement weather from getting into the pens. These items will help to create warmer housing for the animals during the winter months.
With the current budgeting crisis at the shelter, Wilson said that any donations right now would help ensure that the animals receive the proper care and attention needed in the upcoming winter months.
"The amount of money from the city and county contracts does not begin to cover all of the expenses at the shelter during the year," she said. "So every little bit we receive from the community helps these animals."
For more information about Floyd's Fund, or to make a donation, please contact:
c/o Jody Wilson
110 East Compton St.
Brazil, IN 47834