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If you know of a pet outdoors in need or you would like assistance with your own pets in Alaska, please fill out our Application for Assistance.
About Straw for Dogs

Straw For Dogs promotes quality caretaking and provides supplies and resources for pets outdoors
in Alaska.

Straw For Dogs is a 501(c)3.



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Straw For DogsSunday, March 17th, 2019 at 2:44pm
The deadline to file for your PFD is March 31. Don't forget to file! And, don't forget to Pick Click Give too!

Straw For Dogs promotes quality care taking and provides supplies and resources for pets outdoors throughout Alaska. We offer free and pay-as-you-can doghouses, straw, food, toys, treats, spay/neuter, vetting, rescue/rehoming and more. Straw For Dogs has provided pet food to 3 different human food banks since 2014.

We appreciate your support!🍀🐶💚
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Straw For DogsThursday, March 7th, 2019 at 7:26pm
S4D volunteers visited Chinta and set her up with a doghouse, straw, chews, toys, and a heated water bowl.

She will enjoy a dry, cozy shelter and have access to water in her yard when she is outside.

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Straw For DogsMonday, February 25th, 2019 at 5:15pm
Anchorage Animal Care and Control Advisory Board is reviewing possible changes to Title 17, the muni code that addresses animal care in Anchorage, to update the code with specific, detailed requirements that can be enforced by ACC.
There will be public comment at the Animal Control Advisory Board Meeting on Feb 28th, 5:30 pm, at Anchorage Animal Care and Control. These changes are up for public comment until March 12th. You can also email your support to

We hope you will agree that animals outdoors in Anchorage deserve warm and dry shelter from the weather!

Here what is proposed for shelter:

Shelter means a structure that is accessible to an animal and that is suitable for the species, age, condition, and size of the animal to protect the animal from exposure to the elements.

1. For dogs, shelter shall be:

a. Inside the home of the dog’s owner or custodian; or
b. A sound, weatherproof structure with a solid floor raised above the ground that, at a minimum:
i. has sufficient ventilation;
ii. contains clean and dry bedding that does not retain moisture, such as straw or wood chips, of a sufficient amount to protect the dog from inclement weather;
iii. is small enough to allow a dog to warm the interior of the structure and maintain body heat, and large enough to allow the dog adequate freedom of movement to make normal postural adjustments, including the ability to turn around and lie down;
iv. is maintained in a sanitary condition, free of the buildup of excretions or other waste material; and
v. has shade by natural or artificial means to protect the dog from direct sunlight.

2. Examples of inadequate shelter for a dog include, but are not limited to:

a. Underneath steps, decks, stoops, buildings, mobile homes, sheds, machinery, or motor vehicles;
b. Metal barrels;
c. Cardboard boxes;
d. Animal carriers or crates;
e. Shelters surrounded by debris that may endanger the dog;
f. Cloth or other material that does not provide sufficient protection from the elements; or
g. Long term confinement (over 30 days) in an enclosed shelter not specifically designed for that purpose.
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Straw For DogsFriday, February 22nd, 2019 at 3:44pm
Alaskan residents receiving a Permanent Fund Dividend can still choose to donate to Straw For Dogs through Pick*Click*Give, even if you have already filed, until the end of August. Help make a difference for pets outdoors!
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Straw For DogsFriday, February 22nd, 2019 at 3:41pm
Anchorage Animal Care and Control
Straw For Dogs will be at Anchorage Animal Care & Control's Pet Supply Giveaway next week, February 27.

There will be Dog & Cat food and straw available.

The event starts at 5:30 pm at Anchorage Animal Care and Control at 4711 Elmore Road Anchorage, AK 99507.

** Please share with those who may be in need of straw or other pet supplies.
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Straw For DogsThursday, February 14th, 2019 at 10:04am

We wanted to send out some LOVE with a big THANK YOU to all of the Straw For Dogs volunteers and supporters out there!

We deeply appreciate those of you who have supported us through the years, helping dogs in need. We could not do our work without you and together we are making a difference for pets outdoors.

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine's Day!


We encourage concerned citizens to work with caretakers in order to improve
the life of a dog outdoors. Talk to your neighbors, offer support (not judgement)
and do what you can, where you are. Together we can make a difference!



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Straw For Dogs is a 501(c)3 organization that depends on individual donations to support our mission of providing supplies and resources for pets outdoors.

Your donation is tax deductible, meaningful and accounted for.



Straw For Dogs works in Alaskan communities to help dogs like Midnight, below.

s4d-anrv-midnightStraw For Dog assists caretakers and concerned citizens with pets outdoors in Alaska.

Do you know a dog who needs a warm, sturdy shelter? Does your own pet spend time outdoors?

We offer free supplies such as doghouses, straw, food, toys, and treats as well as resources including spay/neuter services, fostering/rehoming and training advice to Alaskan residents.

Please fill out our easy, online application form found on our Application for Assistance page.



As of Jan 1, 2018, Straw For Dogs has distributed 256 bales of straw and 199 shelters throughout Alaska.
Together, we can make a difference!