Before PETA found her, Chloe—a sweet-as-pie Labrador mix—had spent countless lonely days outdoors, confined to a barren patch of dirt in a small backyard pen. Her only protection on even the most frigid days was a plastic barrel that did nothing to shield her from bone-chilling winter wind and driving cold rain that would pour into her flimsy shelter and flood her pen, trapping her in a filthy swamp of mud and her own waste.
But PETA fieldworkers knew what to do! They got Chloe out of that pen, pronto, and provided her with a sturdy wooden doghouse packed with straw for her to curl up in, which they placed on a patch of dry ground. They outfitted Chloe with a proper collar and a lightweight tie-out that stays tangle-free. PETA fieldworkers will make regular follow-up visits to Chloe to make sure the situation does not deteriorate. Chloe is now also spayed, thanks to PETA's unique, low-cost to no-cost door-to-door transport and sterilization program. And—cross your fingers—PETA is working with Chloe's guardian to try to persuade him to allow Chloe some time indoors!
"Angels for Animals" sponsors help dogs survive cold winters (and hot summers) by providing them with a sturdy, weatherproof PETA doghouse. These doghouses give "backyard dogs" badly needed relief from snow, wind, and rain—often for the first time in their lives.
Whenever a PETA fieldworker meets a neglected dog like Chloe, we first try to convince the guardians to allow the animal to live indoors. But when the dog's guardians can't be persuaded and authorities don't have a legal leg to stand on—or simply won't act—we do all that we can to improve that dog's life. For these dogs, nothing makes a bigger difference than a doghouse in which they can curl up in the winter and that will even provide shade and protection from next year's summer sun.
Last year, PETA built and delivered doghouses to hundreds of dogs in need. For many of these animals, this was the first real shelter that they'd ever had. With your help as an "Angels for Animals" doghouse sponsor, we can protect more dogs this winter—and in the years to come.
PETA doghouses come in different sizes to fit every dog we find out there in the cold. The opening is on the side and is only large enough for the dog to enter so that his or her body heat can help keep the interior of the house warm when the wind blows or snow falls. In winter, our doghouses are outfitted with a special rubber flap to help trap the dog's body heat inside. The house is elevated in order to keep the dog off the cold ground and prevent the structure from rotting, and it has a little step to make going in and out easier and safer. Unlike store-bought doghouses, PETA doghouses are built with broad, slanted roofs and an overhang that can provide a shady refuge on baking-hot summer days.
Your sponsorship gift of $265 will provide one neglected dog with a sturdy, straw-filled doghouse, a toy, a tie-out if needed, and even transport to the vet if we find a health problem. However, any gift—no matter the size—will make a huge difference to a neglected "outdoor dog" this winter.