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ASPCA’s Operation Gimme Shelter Provides Dog Houses for At-Risk Pets

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:45pm
ASPCA’s Operation Gimme Shelter Provides Dog Houses for At-Risk Pets

The ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy team, volunteers from New York Cares, and the NYPD Community Affairs Office set up shop in the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, this weekend to provide free dog houses, pet ID tags, dog food, behavioral support and educational materials to community members and their canine companions. These resources were in high demand: We distributed 35 large dog houses, as well as rain checks for 15 more houses as part of a pilot program called Operation Gimme Shelter for at-risk pets.

New York City has experienced unusually frigid temperatures and record-breaking snowfall this winter, resulting in numerous reports to the NYPD of pets left out in the cold. In some cases, pet owners lack the resources or financial means to purchase dog houses. As temperatures remain below freezing and snow continues to fall in NYC, we’re relieved that Saturday’s dog house recipients will stay warm and dry.

It’s important for pet parents to note that if it’s too cold for people to be outside, it’s too cold for pets to be outside without protection. For more information about our work for at-risk pets in NYC, please visit our Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program online.

ASPCA’s Operation Gimme Shelter




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Mary Ann

Does a dog house really help in frigid weather?

Katie

I was wondering the same thing. I guess it's better than getting their fur caked with snow and ice:(

kim

I agree, how does a plastic doghouse keep these poor animals warm?

Suzie

Would it kill these people to let the dog in the house!

ELENA

I WOULD LET THE OWNERS IN THOSE PLASTIC HOUSES OUTSIDE WITH THIS TEMPERATURES SO THEY CAN REALIZE THAT THERE IS NO WAY A PET CAN TAKE THIS WEATHER, I JUST WANT TO CRY WHEN I HEAR THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO HEART. ANIMALS FEEL THE SAME AS HUMANS. I HAVE 3 DOGS AND 3 CATS AND DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT THEM FROM THIS WEATHER.

Sheila

I agree with you 100%. I don't have any pets right now but when I did (most all of my life) I did the same as you. Bless you!

EagledPar4

Lets see:
1) I can't afford to care for a dog but I want one anyway
2) I can't afford a dog house but I can't have the dog stay inside in frigid weather

Am I missing something here or shouldn't we be removing these animals from an abusive situation?
These are living beings, not old tires!

Evelyn Ball

Well said and totally agree with you.

Stacey

Thank you! You stated it exactly the way I was going to! These people should NOT be allowed to have pets that they obviously have no intention of providing for properly.

jackie

YOU ARE 1000 TIMES CORRECT. IF YOU CAT TAKE CARE AND GIVE AN ANIMAL A WARM LOVING, CARING HOME WITH FOOD AND WATER...YOU DONT DESERVE TO HAVE THEM. I HAVE A DOG AND 3 CATS AND I WOULD LIVE IN THE COLD BEFORE I PUT ANY ANIMAL OUT!! IT AMKES ME SICK TO SEE THESE ANIMALS MISTREATED!!!

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