Freezing Temperatures Prompt PETA To Offer Free Straw Bedding For Dogs

Dogs Kept Outside Can Suffer From Frostbite or Die When Left out in the Cold

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2015

Lauren Rutkowski 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – As winter sets in and with temperatures dropping into the 20s overnight, PETA is giving away free straw for use as doghouse bedding for dogs who are kept outside. While PETA strongly encourages people to keep their dogs and other animal companions indoors—especially at this time of year—in order to protect their health and ensure their well-being and safety, reports of shivering dogs and last-minute calls for help have prompted the giveaway. People can pick up straw at PETA’s Headquarters at 501 Front Street.

“All dogs deserve to live inside a real house, safe and dry, as part of the family,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “But because that isn’t always the case, we hope people will come and fetch free straw so that dogs who are left outside have at least some small comfort on freezing winter nights.”

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