Here’s a chance to help a furry friend

Winter is on the way. On Sunday, the overnight temperature dropped below freezing for the first time this season. Annie’s Orphans, the no-kill dog shelter near Home Depot, is requesting blankets and heat lamps – red, 250-watt bulbs are best – to keep its 75 resident canines toasty.

The kennels are insulated, so the blankets are mostly for bedding and for drying off after being out in the snow, said Executive Director Anna Anderson.

Old, tattered blankets are fine – the dogs won’t mind – but Anderson prefers to avoid comforters with stuffing, given the canine proclivity for ingesting and strewing it about. No electric blankets will be accepted.

Anderson said her dog population is higher than normal; she’d like to find temporary or permanent owners for at least 15 animals soon.

“I’d rather go into the winter with 60 dogs or less. I’d love to find foster homes for the elderly ones,” she said.

To coordinate donation drop-offs, call Anderson at 759-8811, or Jola Schraub at 764-8658.

There is another way to help Annie’s Orphans. Donate your used, but wearable shoes so that the organization can send them to developing countries. Annie’s receives 50 cents per pound of shoes, and people in those countries have foot protection. And, your unwanted shoes stay out of bulging landfills.

All paired men’s, women’s and kids’ shoes that are still usable can be donated. This includes athletic, dress, work boots, sandals, heels and flats styles.

Drop off shoes at Gardenswartz Outdoors, 780 Main Ave., or Durango Animal Hospital, 2461 Main Ave.

Herald Staff

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