CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Fire departments in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are teaming up to help dogs in need.

Operation FirePaws was launched Tuesday, November 5, to support Dogs Deserve Better Blue Ridge. Multiple fire stations around the Charlottesville area will accept donations throughout November for the nonprofit, which works to help abused, neglected, or abandoned dogs.

"As we're going into the cold months, we're going to start to get a lot more calls for help with people in the community that have pets that are not able to keep them inside,” said Kimberly Hawk, founder of the nonprofit. “We need to deliver dog houses, straw, pine."

“First thought, it brought me back to the Pet Paradise fire that we had not that long ago, and it's a good reflection, I think, of what our departments do every day, which is serve the most vulnerable in our community. And in this case, that includes dogs," Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter said.

Donations are being accepted at the following stations:

  • Monticello - 1515 Founders Place.
  • Hollymead - 3575 Innovation Drive.
  • Ivy - 640 Kirtley Lane.
  • Ridge Street - 203 Ridge Street
  • Fontaine Avenue - 2420 Fontaine Avenue

The items in highest need can be found here.