Cold snap prompts help for homeless, pets in Las Vegas
By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jan 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A cold snap is prompting charities to go to extra lengths to protect the homeless and pets in Las Vegas.
With overnight lows dipping to the mid-20s, Catholic Charities is opening its shelter around the clock for up to 300 men each day.
Officials for the nonprofit organization say the frigid temperatures can cause all kinds of health problems, and it's important to offer a safe, warm place for people to stay.
The Animal Foundation has issued a public request for new and used linens such as blankets, towels and bath mats to keep pets under its care healthy and warm.
With the cold snap expected to last through Tuesday, shelter officials want to ensure there are enough linens for all of its animals.