We’ve all seen them—dogs chained to trees or fences or confined to pens with little to no protection from the rain, wind, snow, or blazing sun. For people like you and me, the urge to do something—anything—to help these animals and bring them even a little comfort can be overwhelming.
You can help us do something to improve the lives of these neglected “backyard dogs” right now through your sponsorship gift to PETA’s “Angels for Animals” program.
For dogs like Itchy, who was confined for years to a garbage-strewn pen, this program can be a lifesaver.
Can dogs like Itchy count on your help this winter?
PETA fieldworkers first met Itchy during the winter of 2007 and, in the six years since, have been regularly visiting him and the other animals who share the southern Virginia property of his owners. He had managed to survive sweltering summer heat waves and the rain and winds of nor’easters and hurricanes, thanks to his sturdy PETA-donated doghouse, but our follow-up visits were critical. Every time we went back, more trash had to be removed from his dirty little pen. When the now-elderly Itchy’s medical condition began to deteriorate, his owners finally gave him to PETA so that he would no longer suffer outdoors. He acted like a puppy, wagging his tail while sniffing and exploring as we removed him from the filthy pen that he had been confined to for so long. Soon after, Itchy was adopted into his new forever home.
While we believe that all dogs deserve to be treated like family members and allowed to live indoors, for a dog like Itchy who is forced to live outside, a sturdy doghouse can be essential to survival. Not everyone who keeps a dog outdoors is mean-spirited or intentionally cruel, although some of these “guardians” certainly are. Many have simply grown up oblivious to animals’ complex feelings and needs. Fortunately, PETA is able to educate people, and some can be persuaded to allow their animals to live indoors with them. When people refuse to take that step—and laws are too weak for authorities to compel change—PETA is the dogs’ only hope, providing them with much-needed shelter and making their lives a bit more comfortable.
“Angels for Animals” sponsors are caring people like you who are helping PETA build well-constructed doghouses and deliver them to dogs in need free of charge to their guardians. Along with their new houses, we bring these dogs a small measure of comfort and peace by giving them straw bedding to curl up and sleep in, lightweight tie-outs to replace their heavy chains, a toy, and even basic medical care and supplies, such as flea treatment and ear ointment. But our care doesn’t end when the house is delivered. Our fieldworkers often check in on the dogs for months and years to come, as they did with Itchy.
Since this vital program began more than 10 years ago, PETA has delivered more than 5,500 doghouses to vulnerable dogs—that’s more than 5,500 dogs who are no longer exposed to weather extremes and whose lives are now better because someone like you made an effort to help them. But there are still many dogs PETA has not yet been able to reach—dogs who are right now facing bitter winter days and frigid nights alone at the end of a chain or confined to a pen.
Through your generous sponsorship gift today, you’ll be helping us construct and deliver sturdy doghouses that will change the lives of even more lonely, neglected dogs.
Thank you for opening your heart to a vulnerable dog this winter.
P.S. You can bring comfort and joy to a neglected dog who is forced to live outdoors this holiday season. Please make a generous “Angels for Animals” sponsorship gift right now, and help us give sturdy, warm shelter and other lifesaving care to dogs who have nothing.
India‘s original shelter did nothing to protect her from the winter’s bitter cold. Will you be an “angel” to dogs like her by sponsoring a PETA doghouse today?
For India, a friendly brown-and-white pit bull, home was little more than a worn patch of dirt under the tree that she was tied to. A flimsy shelter—just some wire mesh and a sheet of warped plywood—was all that she had to protect herself from bone-chilling winter wind and rain.
India bounced with joy when PETA fieldworkers arrived to clear away the pile of debris and deliver a brand-new doghouse to help her brave the cold.
Please help another cold, chained dog like India this winter by sponsoring an “Angels for Animals” doghouse right now!
Our team will make regular follow-up visits to check on India’s well-being, supply fresh straw bedding for her doghouse, and give her the treats and affection that she so badly desires.
Caring “Angels for Animals” sponsors help dogs survive cold winters and hot summers by providing them with a rugged PETA doghouse.
Many of the animals helped through this vital program have no shelter from even the worst weather. Some have only a metal drum in which water collects and freezes or a broken, leaky crate. Some dogs, as was the case with India, have just a piece of plywood for a roof and a muddy pit to lie in.
Our sturdy doghouses give many “backyard dogs” badly needed relief from snow, wind, and rain—often for the first time. Whenever a PETA fieldworker meets a chained dog like India, we first try to convince the guardians to take the neglected pup inside. But when the guardian can’t be persuaded and the laws aren’t strong enough to require them to do so, we do all that we can to improve the dog’s life.
For many of these animals, nothing makes a bigger difference than a doghouse that can shelter them in the winter and offer shade from oppressive summer heat.
With the help of generous “Angels for Animals” donors, this vital program has built more than 5,600 doghouses and delivered them to some of the most impoverished areas in Virginia and North Carolina. This means that more than 5,600 sensitive animals’ lives have been changed by this unique program!
But right now, as the days grow darker and temperatures drop, more dogs just like India are facing a lonely, cold winter outside … because they have been forgotten by the people they depend on.
With your sponsorship help today, we can provide even more dogs with shelter this year and in the years to come.
Thank you for helping a neglected dog this winter in such a life-changing way.
Help dogs like Lady find shelter from the elements this winter. Sponsor a PETA doghouse today!
Life for Lady extended no farther than the length of a short, heavy chain wrapped around her neck and held in place by a padlock. Her flimsy plastic doghouse was so small that her “guardian” had placed cinder blocks on its roof in a fruitless attempt to prevent it from tipping over whenever Lady tried to get out of the driving rain and frigid wind.
Thanks to the support of “Angels for Animals” doghouse sponsors, we were able to replace Lady’s chain with a long, tangle-free tie-out and provide her with a sturdy new doghouse on a fresh patch of grass—it’s probably the first adequate shelter that she has ever had.
Will you be an “angel” for a cold dog just like Lady this winter by sponsoring a doghouse right now?
Every day, “Angels for Animals” sponsors help dogs like Lady survive the harsh winter cold and the scorching heat of summer by providing them with the solid shelter of a PETA doghouse.
The “owners” of these “backyard dogs” never allow them indoors, no matter how harsh the weather is. Our fieldworkers have found many dogs who suffer from frostbite in winter and heat stress in summer. Often, they’ll discover a cold dog curled up into a tight ball—trying in vain to ward off the freezing wind and bone-chilling sleet of winter.
For a lonely dog facing the winter outside in the bitter cold, PETA’s doghouse program can truly mean the difference between life and death.
Of course, we want all guardians to allow dogs to live indoors as beloved family members, and PETA’s persistent fieldworkers do everything they can to persuade people to do just that. But if we can’t convince them to do so—and local authorities are unable or unwilling to act—we do all we can to provide each dog with care and attention, which is what every animal needs and deserves.
Your “Angels for Animals” gift will be put to work immediately to help more neglected dogs like Lady find the shelter from the elements that they need in order to survive.
There are few sights as heartwarming as that of dogs who have just received a real doghouse after years of suffering outside. Many of them literally jump for joy after their new doghouse is delivered and then immediately go inside and curl up. But even beyond the delivery of new doghouses and the replacement of heavy chains with lightweight and tangle-free tie-outs, the dogs helped by this important program receive a long-term commitment from PETA to return to check on their continued well-being.
This life-changing work begins with the compassion and generosity of supporters like you. Please help a neglected dog this winter by becoming an “Angels for Animals” doghouse sponsor today!
Thank you for your commitment to helping dogs—and all animals—in need.
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