Owl Beats Santa Down the Chimney

Written by Carol Braden of Florida

Before starting our home chimney fires, we now know to check the damper.  We have had crows fall in and get out through the fireplace, leaving us thinking that our home had been burglarized.

This time, our son Boston looked and there were large eyes looking back.  He put on his dad’s Kevlar gloves and pulled out a scared and dangerous Barred Owl.

After a photo review, they headed for the front door.  The owl went to the first tree and watched us.  Then he flew around the home, checking out “that” chimney.  He is safe and free to roam again. (MORE PHOTOS)

Winter Tips to Protect Animals:

Here are just a few quick suggestions for helping animals this winter.  Please feel free to add your own in the comments section below.

1. CHIMNEYS: Always inspect your chimney before lighting a fire and consider adding a chimney cap/screen for extra protection.

2. CAR ENGINES: It’s  a good to keep in mind that animals will crawl up onto a car engine for warmth. If you’re not comfortable popping the hood each time to look, you may want to try honking the horn once or twice and then wait at least 45 seconds before starting the car, giving any animal a chance to vacate the car.

3.  WALKWAYS: Carefully wash and dry your pet’s paws with warm water if they’ve been walking on roads and sidewalks treated with salt. Never apply ice melt and other toxic chemicals to walkways. There are pet friendly alternatives such as this one.

4. FERAL CAT WARMTH: If you have homeless cats in your neighborhood, consider giving them a safe winter shelter.  There are a variety of models you can easily put together yourself without any special tools. Always use lots and lots of straw to help the cat stay warm and dry and try to locate the house in a quiet place that won’t be submerged in the snow. If you make a habit of offering a bowl of food and water every morning, the cats will naturally fall into a routine and it makes it much easier if you’re able to find a low/cost or free spay/neuter clinic to have them sterilized.  Have a look at these great ideas for all weather cat shelters.

5. HAVE THE COURAGE TO HELP: If there’s a chained dog in your area that will be spending this winter in the bitter cold, please consider kindly approaching the owner with an offer to help. There are many models of heated dog house pads that run on very little electricity. And if you need expert help, visit the Dogs Deserve Better website.

6.  A LITTLE HELP FOR WILDLIFE: If you enjoy helping wildlife through winter, consider offering an array of bird seed, cracked corn and fresh water which is crucial in preventing dehydration. Some people also tie hay bales a few feet up on tree trunks to help deer.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase


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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Laura, for Sharing this!

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

many thanks

Kim P.
Kimberly P.3 years ago


Ana P Martinez
Ana Martinez3 years ago

Good for you, you saved the day!!

Velmapearl Hawkins
Velma Hawkins3 years ago

lovely.............wonderful new friends

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago

thanks for the info

Carrie Anne Brown

great ideas :) thanks for sharing :)

K s Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Melissah C.
Melissah C.3 years ago


Cassie Marcks
Cassie Marcks3 years ago

ty :)