Recent photos of cats chained to small boxes outside have been making the rounds online and sparking outrage on Facebook. A local news station investigated and posted a video of the cats chained on a Virginia resident’s property:
Although it seems especially bizarre to see cats kept in this way, no animal should be chained and left outside. Even makeshift shelters like boxes and barrels provide little shelter from blazing heat or freezing temperatures, and chained animals have no chance of escaping predators. Companion animals belong inside with the family, not at the end of a chain.
What You Can Do
The best way to help chained animals is to work with city or county legislators to ban chaining any animal, and PETA has the resources to help you get started. If you see a chained animal, these tips—even though originally written for dogs—could help save a cat’s life. Don’t forget to share this post with everyone you know.