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Straw For Dogs
Straw For DogsMarch 27, 2024 8:38pm
Please think about this. Walk your dogs, spend time with them, play with them, let them hang out inside sometimes. You are their whole life, they need your attention. You are all they have.
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Straw For DogsMarch 27, 2024 1:47pm
Thank you to Northern Air Cargo and Bering Air for sending this house out to sweet puppy Kobuk who lives in Selawik. We could not send out the number of houses we do every year without the support of the air carriers who donate shipping to Straw For Dogs.

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Kobuk did have a house but his owner reached out for a better insulated house and straw for him. Selawik is very cold in the winter and this guy needed a good warm shelter.

Thank you again to Northern Air Cargo and Bering Air for your continued support. We are so grateful for your help.
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Straw For DogsMarch 27, 2024 10:54am
Emergency Foster needed an Anchorage. And donations needed for vet care

Please help if you can
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Straw For DogsMarch 22, 2024 1:45pm
Coming in May in Fairbanks!
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Straw For DogsMarch 21, 2024 8:45am
Another HUGE THANK YOU to Northern Air Cargo and BERING AIR for generously shipping out a house from Straw For Dogs to Selawik for this sweet boy named SPIKE!

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Spike didn't have a house at all and you can see he had been making little ice bowls in the snow where he was sleeping. I am honestly not sure how he even survived with how cold it had been before he got his house.

Spike now has a large insulated house to give him some shelter from now on.

We wish NO DOGS lived outside on a chain for their entire life. It would be so much better if they could be inside with their families at least some of the time. Unfortunately living outside 24/7 is a reality for many dogs in Alaska, especially in the rural areas. We all need to work to change this by doing anything we can to encourage people to spend time with their dogs OFF chain, walking on a leash, in the house etc. We can help them have a better life.
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Straw For DogsMarch 21, 2024 8:28am
A HUGE THANK YOU to ACE AIR for sending 2 houses out for Straw For Dogs this week. ACE AIR is another carrier that ALWAYS generously donates shipping to us EVERY TIME we reach out!

Please than ACE AIR for their generosity and please support the businesses that support us!

This is MISS KUMA in Dillingham. She had a house but really needed a new one. Thanks to ACE, she has one of our large insulated houses now.

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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 April 2024, Straw For Dogs has distributed 503 doghouses and 731 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...