ST. LOUIS – Veterinarian’s at Stray Rescue St. Louis want people to know that if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pets.

The downtown St. Louis animal shelter is filled to capacity with almost 200 stray animals. Sarah Frei has been a staff vet with stray rescue for about a year. She said each day they get dozens of calls for dogs that are left outside in the cold.“Many times the stray and abandoned dogs we find have gone without groceries. Once they've missed a few meals, their body condition decreases,” explained Frei.

On Friday, the team of vets, staff and volunteers rescued a Shepherd mix. She was found near O’Fallon Park in north St. Louis. They named her after the strongest person that could think of, Maya Angelou.“She was severely dehydrated and severely emaciated pretty limp and unresponsive,” said Frei. “[We are] just trying to shower her with as much love and attention as possible.”

Another sweet pup named Toothpick is another story of success. He was quite thin when he came into the animal shelter. Frei said he needs to gain another 15-20 pounds.“It can be difficult emotionally to cope with these really severe cases of neglect, abuse, or animals, through no fault of their own become strays,” Frei said.

5 On Your Side was told that Maya Angelou is in critical condition. Toothpick, on the other hand, is doing okay and is expected to be ready for adoption in the next few weeks.