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DOG DAYCARE: A cozy option for pets during frigid temps

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HIAWATHA (KWWL)--Eastern Iowa is expected to see the coldest temperatures of the year this week.  If it feels too cold to be outside for you, it means it's also too cold for your pets.  Animal control officers are urging pet owners to supervise and limit their animal's time outdoors.  However, the cold temperatures bring in more business to dog daycare's.  Owners who don't have the time or the courage to walk their dogs in the unsafe cold, so they opt for another way to socialize and exercise their pets.

Camp Bow Wow of Cedar Rapids is located just off Boyson road in Cedar Rapids.  It features an indoor, climate controlled playground for pets.  They can host up to sixty dogs per day.  The cost for up to 12 hours is $25.00.  Camp Manager Robyn Douglas says the dogs stay cozy and come home tired and ready to snuggle.  "Coming to a doggy daycare can be a great option.  We see an increase this time of year.  That's usually enough time to tire the dogs out."

Some pet owners may not be able to afford dog daycare to house their pets during the cold days.  The Cedar Valley Humane Society sees the other extreme: an increase of stray and surrendered pets coming to the shelter.  Zach Melton of the Cedar Valley Humane Society warns pet owners to keep an eye on their outside dogs and cats and make sure they have a place to warm up.  "If you're worried about a neighbor's dog who might be out too often during the day or night-- don't be afraid to call animal control.  Your calls will remain anonymous."

So whether your dog stays inside, or braves the bitter cold for some time outdoors--- remember pets rely on their human companions to stay safe and warm in the winter.

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