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.
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.