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Helping the Dogs Others Have Forgotten

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Most of us have seen them in our neighborhoods: lonely dogs relegated to a small patch of dirt, weighed down by heavy chains or trapped in a tiny pen. They often have no shelter from the weather, little food, and dirty water. Their bodies are ravaged by fleas, ticks, and internal parasites. Affection and treats are things that they can only dream of.

These victims of human cruelty exist in PETA’s neighborhood, too, and our Community Animal Project (CAP) workers travel through southern Virginia and North Carolina every day, in all weather extremes, to ease their suffering. These are just a few of their stories:

One sweet black Labrador mix whom CAP helped didn’t even have a name. When the staffers arrived, the dog was so overjoyed to have someone near that she was practically dancing, jumping up and down and begging to be petted. They showered her with love, did their best to spruce up her dismal area, and talked to her owners about improving her living conditions. They will be back to check on this sweet girl and give her more affection.

A regular client of CAP is Mariah, a playful Lab mix. Thanks to PETA, she has been spayed and her ramshackle doghouse and heavy chain have been replaced with a sturdy, straw-filled shelter and lightweight tether. Her elderly owners provide her with food and some attention, but the only time that she is free from the tether is when CAP workers stop by to take her for a walk. Mariah gets frantic with excitement and exudes happiness when she gets to see and smell the world beyond her backyard.


When Max’s owner called PETA about getting a free doghouse, CAP workers paid a visit and found the puppy living inside an old television stand on a tether barely long enough for him to reach his “shelter.” Since chaining is prohibited in Max’s town, CAP workers persuaded the owner to surrender him. Now instead of a patch of dirt, Max has a cozy carpeted floor, and instead of being held by a tether, he is held by a family that loves him.

Most of the dogs CAP helps aren’t lucky enough to live in areas in which chaining ordinances allow workers to rescue them from their solitary lives. In those cases, staffers work to improve the dogs’ lives by providing sturdy doghouses, fresh straw bedding, nutritious food, clean water, the first toys and treats many dogs have ever received, and the affection that they desperately crave. CAP staffers urge (and often convince) owners to better care for the animals, and they keep coming back to clean the dogs’ areas and give them affection and toys to ease their loneliness.

CAP relies on donations to purchase everything from chew toys to wood to build cozy doghouses that will protect these neglected animals from winter’s frigid temperatures. This winter, you can make life better for a cold, lonely “outside dog” by sponsoring a comfortable doghouse for an animal in need.

 

 

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    thomas moore says...

    November 11th, 2011, 6:53 pm

    Yes, we must help these animals.

    Karoly says...

    November 11th, 2011, 7:13 pm

    Animals are living creatures they also have feelings, they also feel the cold, warm, pain, etc. we must respect them and take good care of them, theyre better than humans. The dog’s owners of this cases are the ones whom deserve to be chained.

    Reilly says...

    November 11th, 2011, 9:41 pm

    SOOO, SOOO SAD!!
    CHAINING AND TETHERING AND LEAVING A PET OUT SIDE 24/7
    NEEDS TO BE OUTLAWED EVERYWHERE!! EVERY STATE AND BEYOND!!

    IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TREAT AND HAVE YOUR PET AS A FAMILY MEMEBER AND PROTECT AND TAKE CARE,LOOOVE AND DO ALL POSATIVE AND FUN WITH THEM, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE A PET!!

    I DON’T GET IT, I ON’T GET WHY PEOPLE DO THIS!!
    IT REALLY UPSETS ME AND THESE LAWS NEED TO CHANGE!!

    Jenn says...

    November 11th, 2011, 11:18 pm

    I’m so perplexed as to why people get pets :( only to chain them up and forget about them.
    All animals deserve love, compassion and care!
    “The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”
            –Hippocrates (philosopher)

    Issis says...

    November 12th, 2011, 12:39 am

    Noone should have the right to chain an animal for extended periods of time or to leave them outside in extremes of heat or cold, much less fail to provide decent housing, food and water. PETA workers have far more patience then I would when working with these loathesome families … Please provide more info on what you are doing to ensure that chaining and otherwise neglecting animals in the manners described are considered inhumane under animal welfare ordinances …

    Patty Bowers says...

    November 12th, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I don’t know why people have dogs too that chain and isolate them. In the case of my neighbor’s the ONLY thing I can think of why they have a dog is so that once in awhile the “owner” can put him in the back of his pickup and drive around like all the other rednecks that drive around w/ a dog in the back of the open pickup, and they don’t even secure them back there so they are risking the dog’s life. It’s a Macho thing.

    Penny says...

    November 13th, 2011, 4:30 pm

    I would love to start an animal rescue program here. I personally (with the help of a friend), have rescued and rehomed about 15 dogs and cats in the past 3 years. But I don’t have a job right now, so no more money to continue the rescues (shelter, food, vet fees). I really do not understand animal neglect and abuse. And keep in mind – if you know someone abusing their animal, there’s about an 80% chance they are doing the same to their kids and spouse!

    Adair Leonard says...

    November 17th, 2011, 9:30 pm

    How can anyone with an ounce of compassion neglect and abuse an innocent animal who only wants some love and attention! They ask so little and give so much in return. It’s so heartbreaking.

    Sue Griffiths says...

    November 28th, 2011, 11:12 pm

    Why isn’t USDA campaigning to ban the tethering of dogs outdoors? Why can’t owners be banned for keeping pets outdoors? The people who want guard dogs, should replace the dogs with cctv. We need a petition outlawing this practice.

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