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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Quality care taking, resources and supplies for pets outdoors.

Target demographics: pets outdoors.

Geographic areas served: Alaska

Programs: free supplies: doghouses, straw, food, cable tie outs to replace chains, fencing to get a dog free from a tie out, bowls, toys ,treats as well as services like spay/neuter, vaccinations, vetting and refuge/ rehoming when able.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Bmrountree

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped me when I was looking for a doghouse for my adopted puppy. Not only did they stop by with the house and some straw, they sponsored her spay surgery and continued to bring her dog toys and treats throughout the year. I have always been grateful for their help and would love to volunteer as a foster. Thank you Straw For Dogs!
- Brandy and Ebony

2

Donor

Rating: 5

These guys provide help to those who are trying to keep their pets and for those pets who need their help. This is a service that is desperately needed in our community.

3 Mary313

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that provides insulated, toasty cold-weather dog houses and supplies (straw, bowls, toys) for outside dogs that need extra protection from the weather. Anyone can request assistance for their own situation or for another dog on the neighborhood that might need extra shelter. Education and fostering (when needed) also available to help keep dogs and their people through the cold Alaska winter. Nice people providing comfort (in the form of shelter) to dogs that might otherwise be cold.

2 Becky83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Straw for Dogs helped me when I rescued a friend's dog from the shelter when the owner could no longer care for him. They answered questions, and provided support to me during a transition process. They checked in with me to make things had been resolved. I would recommend them to anyone.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Straw for Dogs immediately responded to our email inquiry about one of their dogs who needed a permanent foster home. After spending the better part of an evening with us as we introduced him to our other dogs, we all agreed to give it a try. They were again easily available when our new foster dog became sick within days of moving into our house. Once that scare was over (and one neuter surgery later) we decided to officially adopt our old-timer and we still consider ourselves to be part of the Straw for Dogs family. It's such a great organization and we're so glad we saw them on Facebook.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people really care about the dogs. Just looking at the before and after pictures makes me very happy to know that there is an organization like this in Alaska. They are making sure that dogs have a roof over their heads and a warm spot to sleep, which is very crucial in our very cold state! They are doing great work and I hope they continue to do so for a long time! Alaskan dogs thank you! Keep up the excellent work!

Kim_163

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is a great organization. They really care about pets who are outside. They provide straw, toys, and other goodies to the owners. They also try to educate owners On various things. Nice group of people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I partner with Straw for Dogs on many animal welfare issues throughout Alaska. The level of professionalism, enthusiasm, and creativity among both board members and volunteers is remarkable! Straw for Dogs fulfills an unique role in our state, and never fails to respond when called upon for support or assistance. They truly make a difference to improve the lives of Alaska's dogs every day.

1 Sarah210

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Straw for Dogs is an organization comprised of knowledgeable, passionate, good hearted and hard working leaders. It has been an honor meeting members of SD and to follow the amazing work they do.

1 Lidia N Tom J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Straw for Dogs is an organization with good hearted, hard working leaders and volunteers.

Daily they reach out to help abandoned and/or abused animals.

In addition, they provide goods and services to folks who need help with their fur babies. They aid with straw, houses, food, care, toys and education.

We are honored to be a part of their efforts by donating as often as we can.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Straw For Dogs fills a niche that no one else does. In Alaska's cold climate these dogs needs can be huge. I was lucky to adopt a sweet pup through this organization. She had been outside and neglected for years and, yet, is now a responsive happy girl.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

These people give so much to our special problems, that need addressed in cold weather climates like Alaska. They work year round to help animals living outdoors and to teach people new ways to take care of their pets. One of their main goals is to get these pets indoors with their family's. I am so impressed with their commitment and never ending work to help animals and their humans!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Straw For Dogs is a great non-profit because they take the time to do the jobs that no one else will. They go out to help animals that others overlook because they are not cute or cuddly and are in bad situations. From delivering straw to building dog houses to just walking dogs, the volunteers at S4D will do anything for animals in need, whatever the situation. The staff are long time Alaskans with many connections in the local community, getting many organizations to donate straw, food, doghouses, and even delivery services to remote areas! I have volunteered with S4D for about 2 years, and have seen animals in a wide variety of situations, and S4D has done everything possible to help every one of them. They are dedicated, hard working people who love all animals!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a service dog trainer. My friend Travis has cerebral palsy and wanted and needed a service dog. we found a perfect match at Anchorage Animal Care and Control, an adult lab mix, named Xena. Travis had a 6 foot fence along the back of his house but needed both ends blocked off with 6 foot tall fence and a gate that he could open (he uses a power wheelchair). Straw for dogs provided a custom made gate and installed both ends of his back yard wit6 foot tall fencing to make a perfect dog run for his dog. Travis and Xena are well on their way to becoming a legal service dog team. Straw for Dogs made all the difference.

Scooty

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a incrediable organization to anyone who loves animals. They are brave, dedicated people saving lives and making neglected animals live a much better life. They helped me feel less sad about a dog that I thought was being neglected and checked on him regularly to give him straw and other goodies. They helped me rescue five kittens this summer. They are a blessing. Linda Morrison

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is my favorite non profit organization. I have a soft spot for dogs and cats and it brings me to tears to see one not being properly treated. These people go where sometimes they are not welcomed all in the name of taking care of pets. Their dedication and courage is appreciated and honored. They work hard to get supplies to help keep our animals safe in the winter, dog houses, kennels, straw, and other items. I am always glad to donate to their cause. Linda Morrison

1 Julie199

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Straw for Dogs is a great organization that has helped many of our Alaskan canines living outdoors. Although they would love to see all pets inside the home, they truly believe in educating the public and helping by example of donating straw and supplies to those canine pets that live outside at this time.
One pet at a time, they will make a change. Good job Straw for Dogs!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Straw for Dogs makes a big effort to have a successful match of people to pets. Their foster program really aids in the successful matching and you get a true, honest assessment of the pet. Plus they make sure the pet owner is responsible. Their initial and ongoing support is phenomenal. They brought sweet Sabrina and I together and Metis is working with me to find a new addition to our family. I can't say enough good things about this group and its volunteers.

Sue_100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do not have enough words to express how great this group is.
I have worked with them helping an elderly lady feed feral cats, house and straw for outside dogs, health assistance for extreme situations, and an animal cruelty case that required them to come to an emergency clinic late at night on the weekend.
These people have big hearts, working hands and a good head to manage the business aspect.
EVERY community should have this!

Metis Q.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Straw For Dogs started in 2010 as a grassroots group of friends, family and volunteers who saw the need to address animals outdoors in Alaska. Straw For Dogs has tremendous support from the community and we have grown into a full on 501 c3 non profit, thanks to our volunteers and contributors. Together, we can change the world for one dog at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I recently built and delivered dog houses to outside dogs that had no shelter from the weather. Straw for Dogs provided the materials that allowed us to make a difference for dogs in the village.

Alisha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is active and giving, and always willing to help anyone in need. They are always advertising their services and help all animals, not just dogs. They rock!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Straw for Dogs is a non-profit organization that I really believe in. They are there for the dogs left out in the cold in Alaska. They educate about the need to provide water, food, warmth in the harsh weather. With the owners permission they will provide a dog house and straw for dogs left out in the cold. I cannot say enough about the good works that Straw for Dogs does.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Straw for Dogs is an organization that I believe in. They have done a wonderful job in helping the animals in need in Alaska. They have compassion for the animals and I will continue to support them.

Desiree G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this program it's all too common for animals needs to be over looked. In Alaska it is a matter of life or death for pets left outside and this program helps provide shelter in order for them to survive. I can't appreciate enough the thought and caring they provide and hope they can continue to do so in the years ahead. Thank you, Desiree

Amee R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Straw For Dogs shows true compassion for dogs in need who live outdoors. They provide positive education and help for animals caretakers and work hard to enrich animals lives. I have met so many happy dogs that have been helped by Straw For Dogs.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What has Straw For Dogs not done for me? I think the hardest thing is figuring out where to start. I first met them about two years ago when they showed up at the house. They had already stopped by but I had missed them. They were offering goodies, toys, dog food, and straw for my outside boys. They played with the boys and when they left I thought that was it. I was surprised at the kindness and willingness to make sure my outside boys were taken care of.

And their kindness just didn't stop there. Near the beginning of winter the year after, and year after that, they stopped in with more straw for my boys, leashes, new collars, treats (the boys loved the treats), bowls, etc...for them.

They also helped take my old guys to the vet as well as took the time to accompany me with them. We also had to make a trip to the SPCA and they were right there to help me get the guys inside.

A hard decision came over the summer when one of my boys needed to be put to sleep. And I don't think I could have had the strength to do it alone. And I didn't have too. Straw For Dogs were the first people I called. I cried on the phone and Metis just listened and then she cried with me. One of the volunteers for Straw For Dogs came over at midnight to pick me and my boy up and take him to a wonderful vet clinic. Most of it was a blur but what I do remember is the volunteer giving me emotional support, speaking to the vet when I couldn't speak, and simply being there for me and my boy even though it was so late at night. She was amazing, and her kindness was real, nothing like that could be made up and trust me, no one wants to go through that experience of dealing with a blubbering woman and holding her hand but at the same time soothing the dog and speaking with the vet, but straw for dogs did and I am so grateful.


Lastly, I was staying next door to someone who was suppose to be family. I ended up needing to leave the situation for the safety of my physical and emotional being. I tried hard to find a place that had a yard so I could take my last boy but it wasn't working out and my living situation was getting worse. I ended up giving my last boy to straw for dogs and I was happy because they found him a great home. I got to meet his new parent and he now has other brothers and sisters, and chickens to harass.

Straw For Dogs always made sure to assist me with the boys whenever I needed it, no matter what help they needed.

And they helped me too by helping them as well as providing emotional support for me through these last couple of months.

And although I am no longer an owner of an outside doggie, Straw for Dogs still text me and check up on me and that is truly amazing.

I also get lots and lots of picks of my old boy and I love everything that he is able to do at his new home.

If you get anything out of what I've written it's that Straw For Dogs is absolutely willing to help your dog the best way they can and they don't get paid for doing it. It's a rare thing these days but they truly are a group of caring people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great folks doing a great job. I hope you can house every cold hungry dog in Alaska

Red Lantern Recreational Team

Client Served

Rating: 5

Exactly one year ago a smart little stray husky came from Anchorage AK to join our recreational dog sled family pack in Alberta, Canada. Arranging transport proved to be challenging and even tho SVEN was not in the "care" of Straw for Dogs, this amazing organization stepped up to the plate on behalf of husky SVEN. Straw for Dogs worked over and above the call of duty to successfully arrange ALL travel arrangements ~ including but not limited to numerous calls, texts, emails between participating parties, visiting SVEN at his temporary care, locating a suitable airline approved crate for his long flight, introducing him to a crate, ensuring he had ALL proper paperwork for border customs, travelling in the early morning hours to personally send him safely on his journey ~ a long flight from Anchorage AK to Vancouver BC. We drove the 16 hour trip and picked up our beloved SVEN and travelled home to introduce SVEN to his new family pack. Sven was indeed a perfect match for our pack and has already taken his turn at being LEAD DOG !!
Huge paws up to S4D for all of their efforts, for us, for SVEN, and for all of the outdoor dogs who have received much needed straw, fencing, houses, toys, and all they require to provide comforts of life!!!!

Carmen7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is hard for dogs in Alaska to be out in -15 degrees in the middle of winter. Straw for Dogs understands that not everyone believes a dog is an indoor dog whether or not they have tons of fur or not. Donating houses and straw to keep outdoor dogs warm and out of the elements is a blessing for the dog. And when an outdoor dog is no longer cared for by the owner Straw for Dogs opens their home and brings them inside where they will stay until a new family comes. Without Straw for Dogs many more outdoor dogs would not be here today.

1 ArcticRose A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first volunteer experience was with Straw for Dogs, a little over 4.5 years ago on a very cold winter night.

I received a phone call from a good friend that there was a young man asking Straw for Dogs for help. He told us of his family dog that lived outside her whole life, they could no longer provide for her. As I went with my friend to offer some dog food and support, we learned the dog needed so much more than just food. This 13 year old McKenzie River Malamute, was in very poor shape, laying on a garbage pile and unable to stand on her own. It was 7 degree that evening.

Working with the family, Straw for Dogs offered medical support and I quickly opened my home to offer her a warm soft bed to live out her golden years.

I am lucky to be a part of an organization like Straw for Dogs. They have a strong mission and are focused on their goals. To improve the lives of animals and to educate people on how to provide a better way of living, not only for the animals but for the humans too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Great non profit looking after dog welfare all over Alaska. They donate straw, houses and toys for out door dogs as well as educate owners and the public.
A wonderful group with a great Board and Volunteers.