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Camp Bow Wow opens doors to shelter dogs amid cold temperatures

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With the frigid temperatures, many animal shelters are doing their best to keep their animals safe and warm.

Camp Bow Wow in Lafayette has more than a dozen new campers after Vermillion Parish Rabies Animal Control is over capacity with only outdoor kennels left.

"They are never outside, so we have been in panic mode, trying to figure out what to do with these dogs, and so Suzette with Camp Bow Wow just stepped up and said, 'I got space. Let's get them indoors,'" said Macie Zoble, who is a volunteer for the Animal Aid for Vermilion Area.

The owner of Camp Bow Wow in Lafayette greeted each dog at the door as they walked into their new temporary home.

"And these dogs were out in the cold, 14 of them out in the kennels outside in the cold with no place to go. So, I just felt like I had to reach out and help these dogs," said Fowler.

Fowler says she saw a post on Facebook, pleading for fosters, so she opened up the kennels she had available for the dogs to have a warm bed to sleep in.

"They're all here, and they're a little frightened. It's a new environment for them, but they're warm, and they'll be given lots of love and attention and cared for. So, as long as this cold weather is really brutal, they're here to stay," Fowler said.

Animal Aid for Vermilion Area, a nonprofit rescue group, transported the dogs and will also give some helping hands to walk them daily.

"AAVA is volunteering to come walk them and take them on potty breaks. They'll be given food, plenty of water, and our counselors will be going into the cabins, giving them lots of love, so it's truly a partnership," said Fowler.

And with the start of the new year, if you're looking to add a new dog to your family, you can go to Camp Bow Wow or adopt one through AAVA rescue

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