MHS Winter Straw Drop - Michigan Humane Society

MHS Winter Straw Drop

MHS is providing pet owners and pets with resources for cold winter months

November 27, 2015

Operation Straw Drop

They are left outside, cold and alone, chained to trees or poles on rusted links of metal. They have no protection from the frigid winds, no shelter from the chilling temperatures, nothing to shield them from the falling snow. It is a terrible and lonely existence, and it is a sad reality for far too many pets here in the metro Detroit area.

Hundreds of dogs kept outside as pets in the Metro Detroit area are currently without adequate shelter that would help them survive the winter. Unfortunately, it's not illegal to keep pets outside. However, these pets must be provided with food, water and shelter, and your donation today can make sure that’s the case.

Proper shelter, aka a doghouse with straw, is essential for an outside dog to survive a Michigan winter. With your support, we can provide a doghouse when we see dogs kept in a garage or lean to.

Operation Straw Drop
Your gift can help provide proper doghouses that will help shelter dogs from the elements.

Not all pet owners are aware of the dangers and others lack the resources to properly care for their pets. All too often, blankets, which absorb moisture and freeze, are used instead of straw, which the dogs can burrow into for safety, warmth and comfort in their doghouses. Empty or frozen water bowls are a common sight and are discussed with owners. Dogs with steel chains around their necks get a new collar. Follow-up visits also play a major role in protecting these at-risk animals to ensure they continue receiving proper care.

Operation Straw Drop
Your gift can help provide straw that will keep dogs dry and warm this winter.

Animals in poor health due to abuse or neglect are removed and found new homes. When necessary, MHS investigators will pursue a prosecution when enough evidence is available.

Operation Straw Drop
Your gift can help remove animals suffering from abuse or neglect.

We need your help today so that we can check on, and continue to check on, dogs kept outside.

Your donation can help supply:

  • doghouses for animals without any shelter
  • water bowls that won't tip over
  • food for hungry animals
  • new dog collars to replace ropes and chains
  • straw to insulate doghouses

This is called the “Straw Drop,” and every winter, it happens in hundreds of locations all over the area. It’s all part of MHS’ commitment to the community we serve, and just one of the many ways we’re working to help those pets who are victims of negligence, cruelty and abandonment. But we can’t do this without you.

Thousands of pets in metro Detroit will be spending the winter outside. Our goal is to reach as many at-risk outdoor dogs as we can this winter.

Help save a life today. Please give.

Save a dog from the cold today!

Your tax-deductible donation will go immediately to work helping cold and hungry dogs left outside.

For the animals,

Debby MacDonald
Debby MacDonald
Chief Cruelty Investigator
Michigan Humane Society




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