The dogs and cats left to die in this winter's sub zero temps are now up for adoption.
Fuzzy, warm and care free, with no shortage of love to go around. But life wasn't always so easy for some of these cats up for adoption at Friends Forever Humane Society in Freeport.
"The little kitten was laying along the road and she was somewhat frozen I mean not stiff frozen but her ears were frozen and she was very, very cold," said Diane Heeren, Friends Forever Humane Society Board President.
Pammy was brought in during the heart of this wicked winter as were so many others including a long-haired Dachshund.
It was very cold. Fortunately it must not have been out long enough to have a real issue with the cold but if it had been out overnight it probably wouldn't have survived being a little dog.
Stephenson County animal control also kept busy this Winter taking 3 to 4 welfare calls a week. Legally, animals just need food, water, and some three-walled shelter to hole up in, but when the weather dipped down in the negatives, officers got creative.
"I started volunteering, 'Can I take your dog home until the cold spell breaks?', which was a long winter this winter but I did take a few dogs to my house just so I at least knew they were out of the cold," said Kristin Laue, animal control warden for Stephenson County.
Both the county and humane society are now breathing a sigh of relief as the snow slowly melts.
"When you let the dogs out, you can see them run and be happy along with the happy on the peoples' faces because everybody wants some nice weather," said Heeren.
And a nice home, which is exactly what all these animals are now in need of.
"Anyone who needs a mascot in their office we're happy to accomidate them," laughed Heeren.
For information on how you can support the Friends Forever Humane Society, or how to adopt, click here.