FLINT (WJRT) (1/3/2018) - Record breaking cold temperatures over the past week have been hard on humans and animals alike.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to help pets stay warm and providing them straw to bed in. It can be the only line of defense for helpless animals left outside in this kind of weather.
HOPE, which stands for Helping Orphan Pets through Education, is passing out free bags of straw for pet owners.
"Every year, you hear about dogs freezing on a porch," said Char Mozader, the group's president.
HOPE began offering free bags of straw a couple weeks ago. It started with just a couple bags per day and quickly ballooned into giving away 200 bags per day.
"The straw is a huge insulator," Mozader said. "It's hollow, so if you stuff the dog house two-thirds full, they will bury into it and it will reflect their heat back to them."
The giveaway will continue as long as the donated supply of bags and straw lasts. Pet owners are thankful for the assistance.
"I'm going to put it in the dog houses," said Robert Knightly. "They don't whine. Before they whine, I'll bring them inside."
HOPE's giveaway location is located along Clio Road just north of Pierson Road in Mt. Morris Township. The bagged straw is located inside an open-air dog kennel.
See Related Links on the right side of this story for a link to HOPE, which has information about how you can receive straw or make a donation to the effort.