Old man winter has arrived here in the wiregrass.
With overnight temperatures expected in the 20's for much of next week, the Wiregrass Humane Society is reminding people to protect their pets.
Beginning Sunday night through next Saturday, meteorologists expect the coldest air in several years to move into the deep south.
That means it's time to take the proper precautions to protect your furry friends.
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Volunteers at the Wiregrass Humane Society are preparing for freezing temperatures.
These conditions can pose a serious threat to animals.
“They need to be protected, if it's too cold for a person to be out there then the animal is probably going to be uncomfortable also. Just like a human they can freeze,”
Bambi Needham is a volunteer at the humane society.
She says protecting your outdoor pets from the frigid arctic air is priority number one.
“A garage would be really good for them...if there's no way to bring them inside a dog house would be real nice...heat lamps again would be real nice for an outside dog to have,” said Needham.
Needham says stray animals are a big concern in the winter.
“A lot of times there's not really anything we can do to help them. A lot of times you will see them in a pack and they will pack together to try to stay warm,”
She believes you need to treat your animals the way you would treat your own children.
“Mine are my family they are just like me kids and I feel like it should be that way, if you're going to have an animal, take the responsibility to take care of it just like you would any other living thing,”
There is a common misconception that dogs will be fine if left outside.
Needham says this isn't true and that all pets need adequate shelter from the elements and insulation against cold weather.
It's also important to remember to protect your pipes, plants, and other people.
For tips on saving energy and other important information, just log on to our web channel WTVY.com.
Click on the weather icon.
Scroll down to the link "Conserve 101 energy-saving tips."
There you will find information to help you during this cold snap and throughout the year.