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Protect Your Pet From Winter Temps

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Submitted By Lisa Norwood

With freezing temperatures upon us, please take steps to protect your four legged family members from the cold, wet weather. With a few simple precautions you can ensure your pets stay happy and healthy throughout the colder months of the year.

The best way to protect your pets during the winter? Bring them inside! Pets (especially cats) are safer indoors. Can’t have your pet inside the house? Purchase an insulated dog house or build a protective enclosure that shields your pet from the elements and gives them a safe, warm place to rest. City law mandates a pet’s shelter must have walls, a roof and an elevated floor to protect a pet from water

Certain pets are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than others. Shorthaired dogs, very young or old dogs and all cats should not be left outside during winter months. Shorthaired dogs may benefit from a sweater while outside.

Pets who spend much of their day outdoors will need some extra food throughout the winter months. That’s because they use up more energy trying to stay warm. A few extra kibbles probably won’t hurt but make sure your pet is getting daily exercise if they’re prone to weight gain.

Always provide fresh, clean water regardless of the season. Check water daily and clean bowls regularly to prevent algae growth.

Be mindful of your pets while winterizing your car. Antifreeze is deadly to pets who are attracted to its sweet taste. Store all chemicals out of reach especially if you’re going to bring your pets into the garage on cold nights.

Before heading out to warm up the car, bang on the hood a time or two. A warm engine can be a welcome spot for a cold cat and the noise should scare them away before you start the engine.

The City of San Antonio has laws that protect pets from neglect including exposure to harsh weather conditions. Residents can report possible animal ordinance violations by calling the City’s 3-1-1 Customer Service line.




















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Johnson Accounting Students Prepare For Tax Season

Johnson HS Accounting students focus on learning the income tax process
Johnson HS Accounting students focus on learning the income tax process

Special To Welcome Home

We all have to do it and the more you know the better off you are. Taxes! Johnson HS students spent some time in January learning vital information about taxes. Johnson High School Accounting I and II students were given the opportunity to learn how to complete tax returns thanks to community partner VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Accounting teacher Carrie Turner-Gray welcomed VITA instructor, Mr. Dunlap, to the campus on January twelfth. Dunlap lead a two-day training course that took place January twelfth and thirteenth. The students involved benefit from this experience by exploring a possible career in accounting and the certification program. During the latter part of the second day, students had the opportunity to complete an online certification with Tax Slayer. With only two attempts to pass the certification for the Basic Income Tax Preparer Exam, students were focused on learning the income tax process. Upon completion of the exam students and their teacher will be allowed to set up a time and date to use the mobile site for the high school community. This mobile site will be available for Johnson HS to offer free tax preparation to anyone in the community who would like to have their tax returns prepared by the VITA certified students.


An Evening Inspired By Maya Angelou

Join KLRN for an inspiring documentary poetry slam inspired by Maya Angelou on February 15.
Join KLRN for an inspiring documentary poetry slam inspired by Maya Angelou on February 15.

Submitted By Katrina Kehoe

Spend an evening with KLRN Public Television learning about and being inspired by Maya Angelou. On Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m., join KLRN for a preview screening of the American Masters documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” followed by a poetry slam. This free event will take place at The Playhouse San Antonio.

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. In this documentary, Dr. Angelou weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, telling hidden stories of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments.

KLRN Public Television, The Playhouse San Antonio, and 2nd Verse will host a poetry slam after the screening featuring original works, published poetry, and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

This is a free event but seating is limited so your RSVP is required. Visit