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 DogsNovember 29, 2023 12:09pm
Nick and our Board member/Marking Manager, Camilo set up a new house for cute little Gabby last weekend! This was one of the houses donated to us by the Yukon Koyukuk School District program in October! Slowly but surely we are getting houses to dogs living outside in Alaska.

Please donate if you can. We are currently running a GoFundMe for dogs in Northern Alaska right now or you can go to our website and donate using PayPal.

Thank you for all the love and support for us and the dogs who live outside in Alaska who need it the most!
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Straw For DogsNovember 22, 2023 1:44pm
Do we have any friends in Barrow that could help a dog house recipient pick up her house at NAC? I just got off the phone to verify she had received her house and she has no way to pick it up from NAC.

Does anyone have a truck who would be willing to help? The house is there and her dog Chucky is living outside with no house right now. (He is too big for his old house shown in the background).

Thank you so much everyone!
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Straw For DogsNovember 22, 2023 8:29am
Asking for help for our dog friends living up north who need shelter from the harsh winter weather as soon as possible.

Please donate if you can. Please share! Thank you so much!
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Straw For DogsNovember 19, 2023 6:55pm
This is scary. Please be aware before you board your dog, go to a dog park, or take your dog to places they will come in contact with other dogs.

No confirmed cases in Alaska that I can find but confirmed cases in Washington state and many other states.
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Straw For DogsNovember 17, 2023 2:32pm
Help needed in ANCHORAGE!
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Straw For DogsNovember 16, 2023 5:01pm
We would like to thank our friends at the Alaska Rural Veterinary Outreach, Inc. or ARVO for all of their support throughout the year and for their very generous donation this month.

ARVO provides critical and desperately needed vet care to the rural communities in Alaska and when they do, they often refer people to Straw For Dogs for houses and straw. We have an unofficial partnership of sorts, both organizations want to help improve the lives of animals living in rural Alaska as much as we can.

Thank you Alaska Rural Veterinary Outreach, Inc. for your support. We admire what you do and are so honored to be on the same team working toward the same goals.

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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...