Donations Of Dog Houses And Straw Needed At MAC

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Example of the dog houses needed
Example of the dog houses needed
With cold temperatures hitting the area, McKamey Animal Center animal service officers are preparing to deliver dog houses and straw all over the city.

MAC is seeking donations of medium to large portable dog houses to help pet owners who need assistance during the cold temperatures. MAC provides dog houses and straw for dog owners who are unable to keep their dogs indoors, but lack an adequate shelter to protect them from the Tennessee weather. Ideally, McKamey officials prefer dogs be kept indoors during the cold weather, but realize this is not always an option for dog owners who maintain dogs outdoors despite the cold weather. In this case MAC wants to ensure that those animals have what they need to protect them from the elements.

"Dog house and straw can save lives.
Freezing temperatures quickly take a toll on dogs without proper shelter. These dog houses and straw prevent animal suffering.” said Executive Director Jamie McAloon.

"Continuous tethering can cause severe physical damage such as cracked and bleeding paws, frostbite and hypothermia," officials said. "Tethered and dogs in kennels also need to have clean water and plenty of food provided while outside. Dogs burn more calories trying to keep warm."

MAC Field Services is asking the public to take special precautions when leaving their pets outdoors when temperatures drop. Officials are urging residents to report outdoor pets who do not have proper shelter and protection from the elements. The State of Tennessee requires outdoor dogs have proper shelter. The shelter has to be adequate enough to retain the dogs’ body heat.  

The MAC Pet Food Bank and Dog House Program is a year-round service for the pet owners of Chattanooga who need assistance on a temporary basis. To donate pet food, a dog house or straw to the shelter, citizens can bring their donations to 4500 North Access road in Chattanooga, call 423-305-6506 or email edassist@mckameyanimalcenter.org.

All donations are tax deductible. If you see a case of animal cruelty you are asked to report it to local police, or if in the City of Chattanooga, report it to McKamey Animal Center at 423-305-6500. Officers are on duty 24/7 for emergencies.

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