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Cold weather causing more strays at animal shelters

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Linda Fisher found a cat in her yard and, with the weather being so cold, she caught it and brought it to the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center.

"It came over and I thought, 'Yes! Yes! It's got a chance. It's got a chance to live warm and dry and well-fed,'" said Linda Fisher, who lives in Coralville.

Since the temperatures outside dropped, the center has seen a spike in animals being brought in. They say they've seen some dogs, but mostly have seen a lot of stray cats.

Animal Services Officers are also getting more calls.

Willa Hamilton has been an Animal Services Officer for six years. She's had to check up on multiple dogs in the past week, after hearing owners were leaving them outside.

When Hamilton is out, she's making sure animals have access to food, enough water, and shelter.

"Ideally, no dog or cat should be outside for any length of time in the cold," said Hamilton.

She says the best place for your cat or dog is inside.

If you see an animal outside and you're concerned, Hamilton recommends calling your local animal control department.
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