Written by PETA
What do dogs forced to live outside
in all weather extremes long for? Being inside with their human "pack,"
of course. But when they are denied that basic opportunity, a sturdy doghouse
stuffed with straw to help keep out the freezing winter weather can make a huge
difference in these dogs' tiny backyard
a pit bull who recently received a PETA doghouse to replace the plastic barrel
that had been his poor excuse for shelter (imagine it filled with rainwater and
the cold wind blowing night after night all miserable winter long), was delighted with his new digs.
In addition to aiding
sick, injured, and abused
around the clock, PETA's Community
Animal Project (CAP)
delivers houses to dogs like Tonka in the area surrounding PETA's headquarters—southeast
Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. CAP staffers check in regularly with the
dogs to make sure that they have adequate food and clean water and talk with
their owners about proper care. They also routinely deliver toys, treats, and,
of course, love and affection to these neglected animals. Many doghouse
recipients are also clients of PETA's mobile spay-and-neuter
clinics and, therefore, will not be contributing to the homeless animal crisis.
Never pass by a "backyard dog"
who doesn't have adequate shelter: Contact local animal-control officials
immediately. Click here to make a donation to support the doghouse program and CAP's
vital work to bring relief to neglected and abused animals.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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