Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic & Outreach Center: 4635 West Richland Plaza Dr., Bloomington, In 47404

For Appointments, or Pantry questions, please call: 812-333-6242, ext 2

To Fax Veterinary Records: 812-935-5059

*Administration Address: 3410 South Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47401

*Staff hours may vary. Please call to confirm. Dropping off a donation? We have a donation bin outside of our door that's available any time!
 

Mailing Address: PO Box 1334, Bloomington, IN 47402​​

**We do not have a shelter.**

    For City shelter hours, adoptable animals, lost/found pets, and animal control, call City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control at 812.349.3492.

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Winter Safety

 

Remember, you are responsible for protecting pets from the elements.

Read our local ordinances for details.​

 

Keep them warm

Many of us underestimate the risks of winter and cold for our animals. They have fur afterall, don't they? In fact, winter is just as dangerous for them as it is for us.  And shorthaired, very young and very old animals are especially vulnerable in cold weather.

 

  • Do not leave cats and dogs outside when the temperature drops

  • Shorten walks 

  • Do not shave your pet in cold months

  • Be sure your pet is fully dry before going out after baths

  • Give your cold-susceptible pets coats or sweaters to keep out the chill

  • Do not let your dog off the leash on snow or ice.  Dogs can lose their scent and become lost, leading to higher lost pet numbers in winter than any other season.  Make sure your pet is chipped and wearing tags at all times.

 

No matter the temperature or the pet, wind chill can threaten a pet's life. They are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia in extreme cold. Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.  

 

Take extra care of outdoor pets

If your animal must spend extended periods of time outside:

 

  • Provide a dry, draft-free shelter

    • Big enough to move around but small enough to maintain body heat

    • Raised a few inches off the ground

    • With shavings, straw or other bedding on the floor to retain heat

  • Provide extra food, especially protein, to help with body heat and energy

  • Make sure your pet's water is fresh and unfrozen

  • Use plastic bowls instead of metal - pet tongues can freeze to metal

  • Better yet, use a heated bowl

 

Avoid chemicals

Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice rritate the pads of your pet’s feet. When they lick the iritation they ingest the chemiclas, which can be dangerous. Keep your pets away from the chemicals when you can; use boots; and wipe them down when they come inside.

 

Antifreeze is a deadly poison but has a sweet taste that will attract your bet. Be sure to wipe up spills, store it out of reach, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol (the main ingredient in anti-freeze) to reduce the risk of poisoning.

 

Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.

 

Be aware of car dangers

Warm engines can attract cats and other small creatures. To avoid injuring an animal, bang on your car's hood before starting your engine.

 

Avoid leaving your pet alone in a car during cold weather for extended periods of time. Vehicles can act as a refrigerator in the winter months.

More tips
  • From the AVMA HERE

  • From The Weather Channel HERE

Extra tips for feral cats