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Be an ‘Angel’ for a Cold, Lonely Dog This Winter

Posted by at 6:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Be an 'Angel' for a Cold, Lonely Dog This Winter by Guest BloggerPETA’s Community Animal Project fieldworkers spend countless hours helping dogs in the Hampton Roads communities of southern Virginia and North Carolina. It’s a sad reality that every day, these workers see dogs who are forced to spend their entire lives on the end of a chain or in a cramped pen.

But thanks to people like you, PETA can help alleviate some of their suffering. Through your donations, we’re able to provide sturdy doghouses and straw bedding to needy dogs who otherwise would have to fight the elements on their own. Your doghouse sponsorship will help countless “backyard dogs” who struggle to survive long days and nights outside in the rain and freezing cold each winter.

Here are the stories of just two dogs who have recently benefited from donations from caring people like you:

Lady: The only “shelter” that Lady had was a cracked, leaking Igloo doghouse that had no floor. It provided her with virtually no shade in the summertime and did little to keep her warm and dry in the winter. Lady was nursing a litter of puppies when we first found her, and the situation was quickly draining her strength. We convinced her guardian to allow us to get Lady spayed so that she wouldn’t keep having litter after unwanted litter. With a steady supply of nutritious food, Lady was able to put on weight, and her PETA doghouse has made her life much more comfortable.


Oreo: When we first found her, Oreo was locked inside a metal carrier. Her guardians had put carpet over the top of the crate in an attempt to protect her from the elements. We spayed Oreo and provided her with a custom-built doghouse and a lightweight tie-out so that she didn’t have to suffer inside that horrible crate. Her guardians are now in the process of building a fence in order to free Oreo from her chains.


PETA’s doghouses are made to last, so your sponsorship will provide a dog with shelter from snow, wind, rain, and summer heat for years to come.

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  • Scott says:

    Folks, “wishing” won’t ban chaining, but a lot of folks have worked with PETA to pass anti-tethering legislation in their communities. For more information on what you can do, please see http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animals/chaining-ordinances.aspx

    During this cold winter, i’m sure glad that warm-hearted people are giving PETA the resources to give doghosues to dogs who would otherwise free, and the resources to promote chaining bans and spay-neuter!

  • nancy says:

    A lot of people only have these dogs for “protection.” I’ve heard people I work with say that’s why they have a dog: to protect their mail because there might be a check, etc.. These dogs really need to be taken away from those people because they see the dogs as objects.

  • Why isn’t there any laws FORBIDDING PEOPLE LIKE THESE TO HAVE DOGS CHAINED UP CONTINUOUSLY? I wonder if these dogs ever, ever get any love or afection, let alone any decent care!

  • Naila M. Sanchez says:

    Go, PETA! I learned from you and went to a race track on Long Island, when I lived there, and spoke with “someone”. I explained about this poor dog on a short rope tied up behind this auto shop. It was winter. The nice man gave me my request for five bales of hay! I padded all over this sweet dog’s leaky house and I knew he would be warmer… until the SPCA I called would get there!! Let’s everyone… Get Involved!!

  • Gail says:

    P.S. I am so glad that at least in Oreo’s case the people are building a fence and plan to take Oreo off the chain. However, they still SHOULD have her live in the house with them!!! What is wrong with people who get dogs as pets and then leave them outside all the time?! It makes no sense. Dogs are social pack animals and want to protect their people and property. They should be in the HOUSE!!!

  • Gail says:

    I agree with Amy and Susan. I wish there were a way to seize these sweet dogs from their “owners” and re-place them with humans who will keep them safely in the house, walk them regularly, and give them the companionship they need and deserve. But since that’s not usually possible, God Bless PETA for helping the dogs as much as they can!

  • susan says:

    I agree with Amy 100%… why are people even allowed to keep pets in their yards, instead of in their homes and out of the elements totally? Anyone who would keep an animal in such conditions does not deserve that animal… the poor animals are probably not fed properly or vaccinated and given other proper medical treatment… animals are truly at their owners’ mercy… I wish that there were more laws in place regarding how people take care of their pets…

  • Amy says:

    THIS IS SOOO SAD. I don;t mean to be mean but if you can’t afford a pet then don’t have one! Dogs, cats and other animals are NOT meant to be kept outdoors…..these days they are a part of the family and they should be treated as such. I almost stole a dog once because this is how they treated it and that was 14 yrs ago and i regret not taking it everyday. You need to realize that animals have feelings like us….they feel pain, saddness, hurt and even embarassment. I say again…if you can not afford a pet please do not get one.

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