Tonight in Charlotte, the city will experience just that: a forecast of about seven degrees and a wind chill of zero.
Sue Jones, Vice President of South of the Bully Rescue, said she and her team of volunteers see many dogs left outside in frigid temperatures.
“We will stop and go knock on people’s doors, try to educate the people,” she said. “Sometimes it’s received well, other times they kind of look at you like it’s none of your business.”
Sue said on these cold nights, a blanket on the ground won’t do because it will freeze, and so will the pet if the owner doesn’t prepare.
“Sometimes you have to be blunt with people,” she said. “The dog will die. The animals will die. If you want to wake up in the morning and find your animals frozen, that’s what’s going to happen."
The Humane Society of Charlotte’s Shelter Vet, Dr. Judi Votte, said something as simple as hay can keep a pet warm.
"Straw is fairly good at keeping in the heat,” she said. “The animal can bury down and make a nest and their body heat will keep them warm."
She said they also need coverage to keep out of the elements.
“An insulated dog house is ideal,” she said.
The shelter has been preparing for the upcoming cold by reaching out to the community. They put a notice on their website three days ago and have been receiving a large amount of donations.
"The Mecklenburg community has just jumped right in and we're getting so many donations its been awesome. So we've been going through them and just about all our dogs have sweaters now so they're feeling much better."