Winter Weather and Cold Temperatures Can Be Lethal to Outdoor Animals
With the recent cold temps, snow and sleet in our area, Forsyth County Animal Control has been flooded with calls and cannot get to every situation as fast as we would like them to. Please continue to call them to make reports, but in cases where IMMEDIATE help is needed for an animal, call the Police or Sheriff’s Department as well.
Forsyth County Animal Control: 336.703.2490 or 336.703.2480
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department: 336.727.2112
Winston-Salem Police Department: 336.723.7700
If you know of a dog with inadequate shelter from the elements, once you have called the authorities for immediate help, please also reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance for a dog house. We are a non-profit with limited physical resources but are doing the best we can with any situation we are made aware of. If we have houses available and the resources to transport them, we will. Also, if we can provide a house and you are able to help us transport it, please let us know that too!
Winter weather is upon is and may not be leaving anytime soon and as a result, many animals left outdoors are suffering! Special care must be taken to protect these animals, and not doing so is against the law.
By county law, and as defined by Chapter 6, Section 6-1 of the Forsyth County Code, animals must have adequate housing consisting of 3 sides, a roof and a floor and must be wind and water resistant.* For better protection, a flap over the door and/or positioning the opening away from the wind, along with wood shavings to help preserve body heat, will go a long way to help the animal stay more comfortable on frigid days and nights.
Not everyone cares for their pets as they should, nor do they obey the laws against animal cruelty and neglect. If you see an animal you believe is not being protected against the elements, don’t hesitate … call the authorities immediately! You may be the only voice for that animal and prevent it from dying a slow and painful death from hypothermia.
* Click here for Chapter 6 of the Forsyth County Code.
Update on our ‘Share the Warmth’ initiative
On Jan 10th, volunteers distributed between 50 and 60 bags of wood shavings to some very deserving dogs in our community!
During our canvassing of area neighborhoods, we rescued a puppy in dire need of a new home and has now been placed in the Humane Society’s adoption program. We also saw a critical need for adequate housing for many dogs. As a result, we are using some donated funds to purchase new doghouses that will make a world of difference for many dogs. Many of them also received new food and water bowls, a collar and a longer cable (until we can work to get them UNchained!)
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to an ANONYMOUS DONOR for the WOOD SHAVINGS, and to LEONARD BUILDING AND TRUCK ACCESSORIES on Peter’s Creek Pkwy in W-S for partnering with us on the dog houses!! Your generosity is helping a lot of dogs stay warm this winter and we can’t thank you enough!!
Please visit our ‘Fundraisers & Events‘ page for more information on Share the Warmth and to get cold weather tips for outdoor pets.
Please help us help sick & injured animals!
The Rico Fund was set up in honor of Rico, a retired K9 officer battling cancer. Sadly, he passed away but his legacy lives on by helping homeless sick and injured animals in need. If you find a stray or abandoned animal that needs medical attention, contact us and see if we can help fund his or her medical care. We are also able to help with spaying/neutering stray animals.
Our assistance is only possible with the help of generous donations from our community. Any amount helps and is much appreciated – please consider donating today.
If you would like to donate to help stray and abandoned animals in need, click on the “Donate” button on the left to donate via PayPal, or send a check to: Fur-Ever Friends of NC P.O. Box 15742 Winston-Salem, NC 27113. Whether sending check or using Paypal, please write “Rico Fund” in memo field so your funds are delegated appropriately.
Read more about the Fund, and the animals you can help, on our Rico Fund page.
Fur-Ever Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect. Within our organization, we have several special projects that serve to help animals in need in our community.
Our program is made up of an awesome team of volunteers who conduct evaluations of dogs that are chained 24/7 that belong to low-income families. Candidates for fence builds must meet certain requirements, including having a current rabies vaccination for their dog, and the dog must be spayed or neutered (or promised to have this done by the time the fence build is complete). Learn more about this amazing program on Facebook at Unchainforsyth or on YouTube at “Unchain Forsyth”, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at “Unchain Forsyth”.
To apply and be considered for a fence for your chained dog, please download, complete and email the application (click here) to email@example.com, and include a photograph of your dog in its living environment. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted.
NOTE: If you are renting your home, your landlord must agree to and sign the release form (click here) and include with your application in the email.
Our dedicated Unchain Forsyth volunteers have helped so many chained pets!
Check out these heartwarming videos on YouTube to see some of the dogs that we have helped! You will be so happy to see the difference it makes the moment a dog is freed from its chain! Click here to see them!
Houses for Hounds
Houses for Hounds is a local program, facilitated and managed by the Forsyth County Animal Shelter, but supported by a variety of animal welfare groups for the purpose of providing free dog houses to lower income Forsyth County residents.
If you know of a dog in need of new housing, click here to visit Animal Control’s website and submit an application to receive a free house.
** If you would like to donate a new or gently used dog house to this program, email Fur-Ever Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate pick-up and / or delivery. We almost always know of dogs in need of new housing! **