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FIDO holds community straw day Saturday, urges owners to bring pets in from the cold

posted Jan 28, 2015, 8:11 AM by Marie Lewis

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) will provide straw for Indianapolis pet owners and caretakers this Saturday, January 31 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Animal Welfare Center located at 456 N. Holmes Rd. These supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis while they last. Donations are appreciated!


FIDO urges pet owners to bring their pets indoors at night and when temperatures are below 40 degrees.  Domesticated pets, especially short-haired breeds, do not have the same protection against the brutal cold as wild animals, and require proper shelter whenever they are outside.


During the winter, a dog house will keep a dog dry and help maintain body heat.  The house should only be large enough for him to turn around inside and not much bigger, and should be half-filled with straw for bedding and insulation.  Face the opening to the south and nail heavy plastic or cloth strips over the door to keep the wind outside and body heat inside.


Those who need to report pets in immediate danger need to call the Mayor's Action Line at 317-327-4622. FIDO can provide help and advice for concerns about ongoing situations and can be reached via our website at


About FIDO

Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization that focuses on helping low-income dog owners improve the quality of life for their outside dogs.

Since 2005, FIDO has made significant strides in Indianapolis to reduce the number of chained dogs and has helped hundreds of families provide humane containment for their outside dogs by providing fencing and shelters.


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