Cold Weather Safety for Pets

It's been an incredibly cold winter so far here in New York City as well as many other parts of the country, which makes it incredibly sad when you think about all the poor animals out in the cold. It goes without saying that is up to us all to report any animals we see left outside in the freezing cold because in many chances, we are their only hope for survival. 

To help our pets and all animals stay safe and warm in this frozen city, the ASPCA has created an infographic to stress the importance of cold weather safety for pets.

Even with our own indoor pups (many of whom sleep in a warm, comfy bed or share ours each night), it is necessary to take proper precautions. Fully exposed to the elements, they have no water-proof boots, gloves, or hats and require special care. 

Please take a minute to scroll through the five slides below and then consider sharing them to foster awareness for all animals this winter.

PAWSitively “Collaring” Cancer in Pets to Find a Cure


You never forget the loss of a pet. For the Benbasat brothers, the death of their dog inspired them to try to find a cure for cancer in pets and the formation of their own non-profit, PAWSitively Curing Cancer, Inc.

The Benbasat boys have made a stand against the disease that brought suffering to the two-legged and four-legged members of their family. Brothers Josh and Bryce, now 15 and 12, decided that they’d had enough after the dreaded disease claimed the life of their dog, Sashi, five years ago. Having a grandmother who is a breast and lung cancer survivor made the brothers aware of the disease’s power to cause pain within a family. So the boys decided that it was time to think pink for pets.

The brothers did their research and what they learned about the prevalence of cancer among pets was an eye-opener: 50% of pets over the age of ten develop cancer. “Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats,” notes Josh Benbasat. With the memory of Sashi in mind, the brothers knew that other pet owners would want to do whatever they could to protect the pets they love. But they couldn’t find any organization whose mission focused on pets and cancer. That’s when they formed PAWSitively Curing Cancer, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for pet cancer research.