Helping people and their pets in the cold

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Tuesday's overnight temperatures are predicted to dip into the teens. Non-profit groups were doing whatever possible to help those left out in the cold.

The Interactive Resource Center opened up as an emergency shelter for anyone needing a warm place. There was a line of people waiting at the front door.

Street Watch is a group that helps the homeless population. Tuesday they did two rounds of handing out blankets and coats. Their shelves are now empty.

"We don't have anything left to give to people. It's hard to do outreach and have somebody be cold and you don't have anything to give to them," said Michele Forrest, with Street Watch.

Project Bark is an organization that helps pets and their owners. Volunteers have been making sure outside dogs have some type of shelter in these freezing temperatures.

"A chained dog is not like any animal; they can't find shelter, they can't find food and water, and they depend on humans for everything," said Libby Scandale, with Project Bark.

In the past four years they have placed more than 1,000 shelters.

You can find more information on how to help Streetwatch at

You can find more information about Project Bark by calling 336-706-7172.

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