When an animal shelter is designed with an open-air format, such as the Highland County Animal Control in Florida, how are the animals inside supposed to stay warm? While clearly not vehicles, animals kept outdoors need the same type of protection. A story from Highland Today mentions that when the town animal shelter was faced with colder weather, it covered both sides of the shelter with tarps to keep out the wind and let heat stay inside. Additional tarps were also placed in front of the animal cages to keep the pets inside warm and protected from the elements.
Although a fully-enclosed building would be the most helpful to the animals, using tarps is the next best solution – and not one unheard of. On farms, for example, run-in sheds, designed for horses and livestock, use this structure. A steel frame, anchored into the ground, has a heavy-duty poly tarp extending from one side to the other. Even though run-in sheds are typically temporary, they can be transformed into permanent structures for animals by adding gates on both open sides and providing hay and a water source.
Similarly, portable dog kennels are made with the same combination of materials but on a smaller scale. Such animal shelters have a powder-coated steel frame and a heavy-duty polyethylene roof. More than one animal is typically kept inside a portable dog kennel.
Wind and heat control aren’t limited to animal shelter, however, and large polyethylene and vinyl tarps are used on construction sites for this same purpose. A large tarp may line a fence between a construction site and a street, keeping dirt and dust inside and away from pedestrians. Similarly, the material is draped against the side of a building to keep heat in and wind out as workers are inside.