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McKamey in urgent need of donations

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - McKamey Animal Center says they are in urgent need of several items as the temperatures drop.  

The shelter is asking for bales of straw, portable dog homes and pet food.

For families that keep pets outside during the winter months, the shelter provides the straw and dog homes to owners.

"The bitter cold and numbing wetness of winter can create life threatening conditions for those animals kept outdoors, especially when the animal is without the proper shelter or if the dog is in poor condition--hypothermia rapidly sets in," said Executive Director Jamie McAloon. "These dog houses, along with the donated straw, are saving lives. Freezing temperatures quickly take a toll on dogs without proper shelter. These dog houses and straw prevent animal suffering."

McKamey is asking the public to take special precautions when leaving their pets outdoors when temperatures drop. Officials are urging residents to report outdoor pets who do not have proper shelter and protection from the elements. 

McKamey also has a pet food program in place for owners who need assistance on a temporary basis.  Since January, more than 6,000 pounds of food have been given to Chattanooga families.

Staff says pet food levels for the program are almost always low. It's a program that functions solely on donations from the community.

To donate pet food, a dog house or straw to the shelter, bring donations to 4500 North Access road in Chattanooga. For more information you can go to their website. All donations are tax deductible.

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