Winter Weather Prompts PETA Giveaway: Free Straw for Dogs Left Outside in North Carolina

For Immediate Release:
February 14, 2023

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Northampton County, N.C. – Because overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s this weekend—endangering the lives of animals kept chained or penned outdoors—PETA will host straw giveaways in Jackson and Ahoskie on Saturday. Residents will be able to pick up one free bag of insulating straw bedding per dog or call PETA’s Community Animal Project at 1-800-566-9768 to make delivery arrangements if they’re unable to attend.

When:    Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.–12 noon (or as long as supplies last)

Where:    Northampton County Health Department parking lot, 9495 NC-305, Jackson

When:    Saturday, February 18, 1–3 p.m. (or as long as supplies last)

Where:    Albemarle Regional Health Services parking lot, 828 S. Academy St., Ahoskie

“Any dog left outdoors in the winter is sure to feel cold, lonely, miserable, and desperate,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Although the best way to keep dogs warm and safe is by keeping them indoors as family, PETA is offering these dogs a small measure of protection to make the winter season more bearable.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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