For those of you who have experienced the feeling of icy temperatures dropping in the minus numbers, it is likely that you may have lived in an area such as northern Michigan. For a human, this usually means putting on extra layers of warm clothing, and then only after being there for a limited time period, going inside and obtaining shelter.
Think now if you were a wild animal and you did not have a particular shelter to go to. You might be a homeless cat or dog wandering about and then a snow storm hits you or a rain storm strikes you in your travels? Now being an animal you would have your fur to protect you, but that too would get you wet. Where would you go for shelter? In most cases, you probably would have built one for yourself if you were a beaver, but if not you hopefully found a hole somewhere to call your own. If not, then you might be out of luck. A friend of mine found a solution to this problem and put out a website that demonstrates how to build some basic animal shelters for wild animals who might be suffering in the cold of winter.It is www.shelteranimals.org. I hope you get a chance to take a look at it sometime.