The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Weather Plan activation has been extended due to the forecast of continuing extreme cold temperatures. This plan will remain in effect through Jan. 9.
The plan is activated anytime the temperature is expected to fall below 32 degrees so people experiencing homelessness in Lexington have access to warm, secure shelter.
The plan includes expanded shelter services and free transportation to shelters. For a list of all available shelters and transportation services, visit uwbg211.org.
Anyone wishing to report someone who may need a ride to shelter can call or text the Catholic Action Center’s Compassionate Caravan at (859) 913-0038 from 5 – 11 p.m. Messages are received and followed up on, but not always returned.
For information on the city’s Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention, visit lexingtonky.gov/homelessness.
Take care of pets
Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control also reminds citizens to take care of their pets during extreme cold temperatures. The LFACC responded to 28 calls for care and treatment over the weekend. Out of the 28 calls, one canine was seized due to the weather conditions.
"We understand that some owners might feel their family pet is an outdoor pet,” said Timothy Brown, Public Information Officer for the LFACC. “However, there are just some situations that even outdoor pets can't handle. These cold temperatures are unbearable for people, so think about your family pet.”
The LFACC is urging Lexington residents to bring every pet inside. “If for some reason a family pet can't be inside, we are asking owners to make sure they have proper shelter with enough bedding (hay, straw or wood chips), access to fresh water (not frozen over) and to check on their pet frequently for any health concerns,” Brown said.
The Lexington-Fayette Animal Control Office relies on concerned citizens to report animal suffering. If you believe you have witnessed the mistreatment, neglect or abuse of an animal, contact LFACC at (859) 255-9033 ext. 221. Your contact information will remain confidential.