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Organization Provides Warmth To Dogs In Freezing Temperatures

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Tenn. - The winter weather has anyone spending even a short amount of time outside grabbing extra layers. The frigid temperatures are just as uncomfortable and can even be deadly for your pets.

Volunteers from the Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center (MTPRC) braved the frigid temperatures hoping their love could supply much needed warmth to tethered dogs left outside to fend for themselves in the elements.

"We came to give your dog some hay and some jackets and stuff is that ok," volunteer Susan Hammond told one dog owner.

The Pet Resource Center calls this annual tradition Hay Day. Volunteers are loaded up with supplies and visit homes across Davidson County unannounced.

"This Hay Day, this is the busiest ever," MTPRC founder Tamasine Singer said. "We've been requested to see over seventy dogs just in Nashville."

Supporters took to social media to identify the dogs in need of some extra attention.

"I feel that people don't necessarily think they can bring the dogs inside if the dog is large. If the dog chews on things then they're not going to do it.," Singer said. "But we can also help them get the resources to do that and that's our aim."

That intention is conveyed delicately to the owners.

"It's very positive because we do it in the spirit of giving. This is not to cast judgment on people."

That's why in the five years of providing these to pet owners across the county, the organization's volunteers have only been turned down once.

"We're just trying to dry up his area so he's not in mud all of the time. We've put straw in his dog house to help insulate it for him," Hammond said while helping a tethered pit bull in Madison. "He loves squeaky toys so I made sure to bring a few for him because I remember him from last time."

Each visit provides an opportunity that benefits the dogs, even if it's just for a moment.

"I wish they were all warm and safe in a house," Hammond who owns three dogs herself said. "But at least we can help make them more comfortable."

If left outside for too long during these below freezing temperatures dogs can get frostbite or worse hypothermia.

For more information on the Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center visit their website: http://www.mtprc.org

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