Protecting our pets in the winter is no small feat. A new survey¹
reveals that one-third of all pet parents say they go to great lengths to protect their pets from the winter
elements, including carrying their dogs over unsafe ice so they can take care of business outdoors.
Morton Salt has a simpler, less strenuous solution this winter—use a pet-safe ice melt.
“Winter weather can be very unpredictable and unsafe for pets,” says Sara Shenoha, brand manager
for Morton Salt, Inc. “That’s why we worked with veterinarians to develop Morton® Safe-T-Pet®, a
completely salt- and chloride-free ice melt that’s safer for pets’ paws and stomachs than traditional
While most pet parents consider their pets as part of the family, and 70 percent think about their pets
when they prepare for winter, only one-in-four use a pet-safe ice melt, according to Morton® Safe-
T-Pet’s recent survey of pet owners. So it begs the question: “How do you protect your pet in the
The survey reveals some interesting and somewhat humorous strategies used to keep pets safe during
the winter months.
• Nearly one-in-four pet parents allow indoor bathroom breaks for their pets (23 percent).
• Almost 40 percent will spend more time outside in the cold to shovel and clear a path in the
snow just for their pets.
• More than one-third of all pets are dressed nose to tail in winter clothing and accessories by
their pet parents for bathroom breaks.
• From mini-sweaters to doggles, pet parents will spend upwards of $660 on food, apparel and
winter supplies for their four-legged friends.
Beyond clearing pet-friendly paths, pet parents have much to be concerned about in the winter.
• More than two-of-three pet parents worry most about keeping their pets warm.
• Diet and exercise aren’t just human problems, but 44 percent are also concerned about their
pet’s health at this time of the year.
• For those with smaller breeds, one-in-four fear their dog could get stuck in the snow.
Launching the National Morton “Best in Snow” Pet Show Contest
Based on the survey results, it’s clear that pet parents will go the extra mile to protect their pets during
the winter months. But can they do it in style? Morton is on a mission to find out with its “Best in
Snow” Pet Show photo contest.
Results are from a telephone survey fielded by Braun Research of 1008 pet owners, of which 538 were dog owners (53%) and 563 were cat owners (56%). The survey was in the field from October 2, 2012 through October 8, 2012.
Morton Salt is calling on all pet parents to enter their pets into the contest to compete for the title of
“Best in Snow” and the opportunity to win more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.
To enter the contest, parents simply need to snap a photo of their pet suited up for winter and submit it
via www.mortonbestinsnow.com by January 4, 2013 and in accordance with the official contest rules. A
panel of judges will select winners from the eligible entries based on various criteria–creativity, audience
appeal, and relevance to pet safety in winter, as outlined in the contest rules. Contest prizes include:
• The Morton “Best In Snow” Pet Show Grand Prize winner receives $10,000 cash + a Morton® Safe-T-Pet® Winter Bundle worth $150
• Two runners-up winners each receive $1,000 cash + a Morton® Safe-T-Pet® Winter Bundle worth $150
• Eight honorable mention winners each win a Morton® Safe-T-Pet® Winter Bundle worth $150
In addition, Morton Salt, Inc. will donate to the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals®) $1 for every eligible contest entry and $.50 for every vote made by the public
during the contest period (11/15/2012-1/11/2013), up to a maximum of $25,000.