When you live in a place that feels like a freezer at times, it can be a depressing site to see a lost, cold or hungry pet.

Adrian Davis from the Drumheller Humane Society warned, "If it (the animal) is just sitting there shivering, not moving very much, looks kind of confused, and the breathing is really slow or just wants to lay there and sleep, then it's probably a sign that it's getting too cold and it should be brought in or brought to a shelter."

Davis suggested some ways to keep your pet warm if it is an outside pet or farm protector, "A shelter or a kennel even, and if you don't have that, at least lay down some hay or straw on the ground so they can have a place to sleep out of the snow and ice. A heated water bowl is always good."

If a pet is in a troubled state, who does a person contact in an emergency situation during the holidays if the Humane Society is closed?

"Just call (Town of Drumheller) bylaw at 403-823-1363, they will usually come and help pick it up and take it to the appropriate place."

Seeing an animal in a tough situation this holiday season and doing the right thing by calling bylaw could be the best gift you give one of these furry friends.

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