Local shelters offering free straw to owners who can’t bring animals inside – WSET

(Pittsylvania Pet Center)

PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va. (WSET) — Two pet shelters in our area are offering free straw to residents for their outdoor dogs and cats to keep them warm in the upcoming deep freeze.

An Arctic cold front will be making its way into our area Tuesday evening and will stick around for the rest of the week.

The Pittsylvania Pet center said when it gets this cold, they want people to bring their animals inside, but they recognize that not everyone can do this so as an alternative, generous donors from the Happy Tails Rescue bought 40 bales of straw for animals in need.

The Roanoke Valley SPCA Board of Directors also organized a ‘free straw day’ to help animals.

“Blankets are just not enough to provide warmth for the animals and depending on the material can often retain moisture and actually make your pet colder,” said Denise Hayes, CEO.

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If you need help keeping your animal warm, go by the Pittsylvania Pet Center to get some straw.

They are open Tuesday – Friday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. and the weekend from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

In Roanoke, the shelter is hosting two Saturday pick-up dates on February 1 and February 9 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can also call them at 540-339-9247, ext. 200 between 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. until February 7 if you need straw delivered to you.

“Outdoor pets need protection in the form of a dry shelter that is large enough for the pet to lie down, but not so overly large that it cannot retain the body heat of the pet. We always encourage pet owners to elevate the floor a few inches off the ground and include straw,” Hayes added.

If you have any questions from Pittsylvania County, please contact the Pet Center at 434-432-1989

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