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Indy’s Winter Dog Outreach Program Kicks Into Full Swing

posted Apr 3, 2012, 8:40 AM by Jeffrey Christoffersen   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 1:40 PM ]

Originally posted Dec 01, 2007 in Indy Tails 

Countless outdoor dogs are certain to stay significantly warmer this winter thanks to Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) and Casa del Toro Pit Bull Education and Rescue. 

Countless outdoor dogs are certain to stay significantly warmer this winter thanks to Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) and Casa del Toro Pit Bull Education and Rescue. The two animal-welfare groups have teamed up to launch their first official Winter Dog Outreach Program, which kicked off in November and will remain active until March. Volunteers from both organizations are canvassing targeted neighborhoods and encouraging Indy residents to bring any outdoor animals—many of which are often kept on chains—in from the cold. 

The program also provides assistance to guardians who keep their pets outdoors. Members of Casa del Toro and FIDO offer sturdy dog houses, straw, dry and canned dog food, and education and counseling designed to help citizens comply with local animal-welfare ordinances. Additionally, the Winter Dog Outreach Program makes services such as microchipping and spaying and neutering available on an as-needed basis. 

Public donations are encouraged, and requested items include new or used dog kennels, crates, and houses; dog food of any kind (including torn bags or dented cans); straw and hay; 5-gallon buckets that have never previously contained chemicals; and tick and flea treatments. For more information or to make a donation visit FidoIndy.org, call (317) 592-9616, or email talktofido@gmail.com.

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