improving the lives of pets outdoors

One volunteer, one doghouse, one straw bale at a time....
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If you know of a pet outdoors in need or you would like assistance with your own pets in Alaska, please fill out our Application for Assistance.


Straw for Dogs is a 501(c)3.

Straw for Dogs promotes quality caretaking and provides supplies and resources for dogs outdoors.

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Straw For DogsSeptember 26, 2023 10:18am
Located in Fairbanks! Looking for forever home!
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Straw For DogsSeptember 23, 2023 9:25am
It just never stops! The requests keep pouring in for houses and straw for dogs living outside in Alaska. Since funds are always limited we have been trying to prioritize the Northern area first since it is starting to get cold.

We don't want to have to turn away any dog that needs housing. Please donate anything you can, every dollar helps.

For the sake of transparency, the large insulated houses are $300 and a bale of straw around $25. We have been so fortunate to have donated shipping from Northern Air Cargo, Ryan Air, INC., Desert Air Transport, and ACE Alaska Central Express. With freight donated we are able to use the money for houses and not shipping costs. This is HUGE and we are so grateful to these generous donors.

We still need donations for houses, straw, collars, tie outs, etc. Please donate anything you can. Below are just a few the dogs living outside in Alaska who are waiting for houses from Straw For Dogs. We are doing our best but we need help in order to help them. Currently we have a list of requests for 21 HOUSES/STRAW.

AND YES WE ALSO WISH ALL DOGS HAD THE OPTION OF LIVING INSIDE AS PART OF THE FAMILY(AT LEAST WHEN THEY WANTED TO). BUT THAT IS NOT THE REALITY FOR MANY DOGS. Some of these are dogs are going to be living outside in Alaska 24/7 in the winter at -40 they will be doing it whether they have a house or not. So we would like to do what little we can to provide SOME level of comfort by providing them insulated houses with straw.

Sometimes you have to accept that all you can do is put a Band-Aid on a much bigger issue for now. Please use the donate button at the top of the FB page if you can help.

Thank you so much for all the love and support!
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Straw For DogsSeptember 13, 2023 4:27pm
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Straw For DogsSeptember 13, 2023 9:45am
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how you can help

We encourage concerned citizens to work with caretakers in order to improve the life of a dog outdoors. Talk to your neighbors, offer support (not judgement) and do what you can, where you are. 

Together we can make a difference!

Straw For Dogs is a 501(c)3 organization that depends on individual donations to support our mission of providing supplies and resources for pets outdoors.

Your donation is tax deductible, meaningful and accounted for.

how we help


Straw For Dog assists caretakers and concerned citizens with pets outdoors in Alaska.

Do you know a dog who needs a warm, sturdy shelter? Does your own pet spend time outdoors?

We offer free supplies such as doghouses, straw, food, toys, and treats as well as resources including spay/neuter services and training advice to Alaskan residents.

Please fill out our easy, online application form found on our Application for Assistance page.

success stories


As of June 2023, Straw For Dogs have distributed 437 doghouses and 639 bales of straw.

Together, we can make a difference!


Kenai was adopted from the Mat Su Animal Shelter. As he had previously been kept outdoors, his caretaker contacted us right away for help setting up a cable run and requested a doghouse to help make him comfortable while transitioning him to time in the home.  Kenai...


Niho's family contacted us for a doghouse, citing a disability in the family. Our volunteer visited and built an insulated house for her along with providing toys, straw and treats. What a cutie!


Buddy was found by a Good Samaritan with a badly broken leg. We offered extensive veterinary care and support to this sweet boy and his rescue angel. He has healed up well and is a happy, healthy boy, living with his personal rescue angel and another dog.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse came to us from Anchorage Animal Care and Control. He was brought there as a young puppy with a broken leg.  Pit bull type dogs like him have limited options for rescue, so we were happy to be able to help, thanks to his long term foster...


Dozer is a lovable lug who was in need of a safe place outdoors. Luckily, his family was open to receiving assistance and in addition to care packages with toys, treats, bowls and a new collar, volunteers were also able to build him a kennel and a warm, insulated...

Butterball and Charlie

Butterball and Charlie enjoy spending time outdoors exploring but were without a shelter. Straw For Dogs worked with their family to provide a shelter with a porch so that these sweet boys have options. We provide care takers with information about using straw instead...