GIMME SHELTER: It's cold out there - keep pets inside

By Cathy Fugler / Gimme Shelter
January 22, 2014
GIMME SHELTER: It's cold out there - keep pets inside

It is seriously wintry out there: Please, protect your animals in this weather. If it’s cold for you, it’s cold for them too.

Cats belong indoors where they are safe, and your dog needs to be monitored carefully when outside too, to keep him safe. Be sensitive to their needs; you’re all they’ve got.

Since it’s so cold out there, why not plan to attend our Winter Warm-up dinner Thursday Jan. 30? Instead of our usual pasta, you are in for a real treat. We will be serving a southern-style dinner of lean beef chili (or vegetarian chili), homemade cornbread, and peach and blueberry cobbler with fresh whipped cream. Water, pop, tea and coffee is included in the $10 ticket.

This event is generously sponsored by Jethro’s Backyard, a new take-out/ outdoor dining experience located at Beaverdams and Kalar roads. Owner Lisa Maroney, a longtime NFHS supporter (she created and maintains our Empties for Animals fundraiser) comments:

“We are looking towards mid-February for our opening date for Jethro’s Backyard. Meanwhile, as a preview, we are hosting a Chili Dinner Jan 30 in support of the Niagara Falls Humane Society at St. Antoine's Hall, 5 to 7 p.m.

“$10 gets you a large bowl of chili, homemade cornbread and a fresh-baked cobbler with real whipped cream for dessert. All proceeds go to the shelter and all attendees will receive a 10 per cent coupon for Jethro's.

“Check us out on Facebook. Our restaurant menu will include fried chicken, pulled pork, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, homemade cornbread, country baked beans, home-style mac and cheese and many more southern favourites. We are excited; this is a totally unique outdoor dining experience in Niagara featuring southern foods that are not found in Niagara.

“Jethro’s will be a great place for people on the go to grab breakfast en route to work, or stop by for a quick lunch when you’re on the run.  Jethro’s will also be a drop-off location for Empties for Animals, and anyone dropping empties off will receive a 10 per cent coupon for Jethro’s food.”


We have some beautiful and unique dogs available for adoption at the shelter right now. If you are considering a dog for your family, I encourage you to come and visit. As always, check out the Adoption Centre at Niagara Square if you are thinking about a cat to add to your family.

Karma has been at the shelter for several weeks now. She isn’t too impressed with the snow. She is a big, strong girl who weighs almost 80 pounds - an American bulldog/boxer mix. She’s a goofy, affectionate girl who seems to be having a bit of a problem finding her perfect forever family. Karma likes some other dogs, and doesn’t care for others and she seems to like cats. She’s really playful and knows a lot of commands. She is generous with her kisses, and has the cutest face and waggy rear end.

Rumour is the sweetest girl with a very loving disposition. She heels beautifully with just a martingale collar, and is a joy to take for a walk. She loves to run around in the pen, chasing the balls that are thrown for her. Rumor is so pretty with her glossy black coat.

 Adelaide is a pleasure to spend time with. Aside from her obvious good looks, she is fabulous to walk. She never pulls, heeling wonderfully from the start.

Adelaide loves the snow and enjoys searching for buried toys to bring back to you. Adelaide enjoys being brushed, a good rub and snuggles. Adelaide would be a great dog for anyone to enjoy.

Arlie is a very loveable lab who sits, comes, downs and will “give you five.” She learns quickly.  Arlie is an affectionate girl who likes to snuggle up to you. She likes nothing better than a good massage and having her ears rubbed.

Check out the website at to view all the animal profiles and to check out what’s happening at the little-shelter-that-could. And remember, we need you. If you think you can help, please call or email me.

Cathy Fugler, Communications Director, NFHS 905-356-4404, ext. 223