How to Help Pets in the Texas Winter Weather Crisis of 2021

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Icy winter storms of a catastrophic magnitude swept through Texas in early February 2021 resulting in power outages lasting for days. Though many have power restored as of mid-February, many are still without; Texas is in a dire state of emergency. Amidst the human suffering, animals are suffering as well. Major media outlets report that innocent animals are freezing to death in Texas. For those who live in Texas and for those outside of Texas, here’s how you can help right now.  

Caring for Your Pet in Texas’ Icy Winter Conditions

To begin, if you are a Texas resident and a pet owner, you may already be aware that pets should be brought inside and kept in a warm, dry shelter once temperatures plummet to and below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This is actually a requirement in Dallas, TX. Pets left outdoors are subject to hypothermia and pneumonia. Further, freezing conditions cause frostbite to your pet’s paws, nose, ears, and other extremities. The only way to care for your pet at home right now is to bring him or her inside. 

If you have pets that cannot be brought inside (such as in the case of farm animals), aim to create an environment that is warm and dry. Use blankets and hay to create insulation. The animal’s enclosure should have least three walls. Given the nature of the winter storm, though, getting pets indoors and in a temperature-controlled environment for those who have power is the best strategy to help your pets survive the winter crisis. 

Find a Pet-Friendly Shelter or Warming Center in Texas 

For those who need to seek shelter or visit warming centers during winter storm Uri, cities throughout Texas have locations listed online; however, some but not all shelters are pet-friendly and many warming stations are not. For shelters and warming stations that do allow pets, all prefer or require pets be in a crate. Be mindful, too, that each location has unique hours, and several require reservations. 

For those who need to seek shelter or temporary warmth, below is a list of those that allow pets. Don’t forget when transporting your pet to a shelter to take these essential supplies: 

  • Food and treats 

  • Food and water dishes 

  • A short leash 

  • The crate 

  • Medications your pet may need 


  • Addison Athletic Club, 3900 Beltway Drive, Addison, TX 


  • University Avenue Church of Christ, 1903 University, Ave., Austin, TX 78705 

  • Friendship Creekside, 14455 FM 1826, Austin, TX 78737 

  • Hill Country Bible Church, 12124 Ranch Road 620 N., Austin, TX 78750 

  • Point Community Church, 11300 Old San Antonio Road, Manchaca, TX 78652 

Cedar Hill (Dallas County) 

  • Zula B. Wylie Public Library, 225 Cedar Street, Cedar Hill, TX 75104 

Coppell (Dallas County) 

  • The CORE, 234 Parkway Boulevard, Coppell, TX 

Carrollton (Dallas County) 

  • Newman Smith High School, 2335 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75006 (pets are not allowed inside, but they can seek refuge at the Carrollton Animal Services and Adoption Center located at 2257 Sandy Lake Road) 


  • Kate Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 

Farmers Branch (Dallas County) 

  • Farmers Branch Rec. Center, 14050 Heartside Pl., Farmers Branch, TX 75234 

Fort Worth 

  • Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 


  • Lake Granbury Conference Center, 621 Pearl St., Granbury, Texas 76048 

  • Granbury Church of Christ, 1905 W. Pearl St., Granbury, TX 76048 

  • Pecan Baptist Church, 7178 Fall Creek Hwy, Granbury, TX 76409 

  • First Christian Church of Granbury, 2109 W. US Hwy 377, Granbury, TX 76048 

  • Somervell County Exposition Center, 202 BO Gibbs Blvd, W. Hwy 67, Glen Rose, TX 

  • Granbury High School Gymnasium, 2000 W. Pearl St., Granbury, TX 76048 

Irving (Dallas County) 

  • Northwest Recreation Center, 2800, Cheyenne Street, Irving, TX 

  • Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 Senter Road, Irving, TX 


  • Music City Mall Lewisville, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Entrance #5, Lewisville, TX 

Red Oak 

  • ROISD Junior High Gymnasium, 200 Live Oak Street, Red Oak, TX 

Richardson (Dallas County) 

  • First Baptist Church, 1001 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 

  • First United Methodist Church, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 

  • Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 

Send Donations to Help Shelters Taking in Displaced Pets 

As we’ve learned from past natural disasters, pets’ suffering does not end as soon as normalcy is returned. Many pets get lost or abandoned and end up in shelters. Austin Pet’s Alive! is working to help displaced pets across Texas. They are actively seeking:  

  • Beds and blankets 

  • Heating pads 

  • Styrofoam coolers 

  • Heat lamps 

  • Monetary donations 

Other helpful donations to oversaturated shelters during times of crises may also include: 

  • Pet food 

  • Water and food dishes 

  • Cages and kennels 

  • Leashes 

  • Cat litter and litter boxes 

  • Bottled water 

Shelters also often need supplies to maintain cleanliness including: 

  • Soap and paper towels 

  • Cleaning supplies  

  • Toilet paper 

  • Disposable face masks 

  • Gloves 

Lastly, contact your local pet rescue facility to discern if they have damages. Monetary donations collected during this time will likely go to repair facility damages.  

Adopt or Foster a Pet 

Shelters taking in pets that have been displaced are already reaching out asking for adopters and foster pet parents to make room for new arrivals. 

It has also been reported that Morton Grove North Shore Humane Center in Morton Grove, Illinois and Moms and Mutts Colorado Rescue are already getting pets displaced by the storm and expect to shelter more. They are actively seeking adoption and support funds. 

Anything anyone can do will be much appreciated by the pets of Texas and their owners alike. The quicker people take action, the sooner we can staunch the suffering caused by winter storm Uri. 

Times of crisis are when people need to band together for the sake of pets everywhere, which is why we at Wellness Pet Food have created this comprehensive list of how you can help pets and pet parents suffering in the Texas winter weather crisis. Contact us if you have new information about shelters, donations, or pet adoptions, so we can spread the word and get these pets the help they need.