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As temperatures drop, dogs outside, in shelters can feel the effects

Posted at 11:32 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 03:44:17-05

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — As temperatures continue to drop, dogs whether outside or in a shelter can feel the effects.

So in an effort to raise awareness of the issue, while also helping those in need, 23ABC's Kylie Walker has spent the past two weeks delivering blankets throughout Kern County.

Kylie has been delivering blankets for the last three winters.

“Rescue dogs have a story, They've overcome something very challenging, they've faced death and I think knowing that and just being part of saving that dog's life makes it a worthwhile experience,” said Zach Skow.

Zach Skow with Marley's Mutts believes there's more than meets the eyes behind those metal bars.

“There's a lot of preconceived ideas of what's available at the shelter. Every dog at the shelter has been surrendered given up on thrown away. Because they're somehow defective or have something fundamentally wrong with them. And I'm here to tell you that's not the case,” added Skow.

23ABC stopped by the shelter, to find out for ourselves

While they may shake on the surface, a little comfort can go a long way.

Until that right family comes along, a small donation can help make their experience a little less scary.

We did this by delivering hundreds of blankets throughout Kern County because not only will it provide the warmth they need through the winter months, but it also gives them a sense of security as they face the unknown.

“Some of these dogs that were mistreated, they love those people that are kind to them, and if you can leave your scent behind for a dog like that, it really offers a lot of comfort.”

As many rescuers believe, while they can’t speak to us, we can speak for them.

“We just barely reached no-kill for the first time in Kern County history, and if people are going to start looking to breeders for Australian Labradoodles or French Bulldogs, or whatever designer dog, we're not there yet, we need you guys to start saving lives from the shelter.”

Kylie has already raised nearly $1,500 in community donations. If you would like to donate or are a shelter in need of a donation contact her here: