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FIDO to offer supplies for Indy pets during cold weather

posted Jan 23, 2014, 5:22 PM by Marie Lewis

FIDO is once again urging pet owners to bring their pets indoors at night and when it is coldest outside.  As the recent animal deaths have proven, a dog house with straw is not sufficient shelter to protect a dog in sub-zero and single-digit temperatures.  

Dogs require 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.

FIDO will supply straw this Friday, January 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the food pantry located at 456 N. Holmes in Indianapolis. These supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis while they last. Again, please keep in mind that all dogs should be brought inside when temperatures are extremely low.

Those who need to report pets in immediate danger may 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


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