SMITHTOWN, New York – (February 15, 2022)–The headlines have been filled with information about how cold it’s been around many areas of the country. While we humans crank up the heat and reach for extra layers, many dogs are not so lucky. There are dogs around the country being left outdoors, without proper shelter, even when it’s freezing outside. Guardians of Rescue is on a mission to help make their lives a little warmer, by providing them with insulated dog houses.
"Every day we witness how animals are being failed by weak and ineffective laws, explains Robert Misseri, president and founder of Guardians of Rescue. “We’ll continue to advocate for stronger protections, but the dogs can’t wait that long, they need our help right now.”
Most caring people wouldn't dream of leaving a dog outside in cold temperatures, especially when it drops below freezing. But sadly, there are dogs around the country that are left out in the freezing temperatures regularly. Each year, many die from extended exposure to the elements.
In many states, it’s still legal to keep dogs outside if they have been provided shelter. The problem is that the shelter they are typically provided with is not adequate for the temperatures they are being exposed to. This results in them suffering. While animal protection laws are slowly making improvements around the country, they won’t happen fast enough to make a difference this winter.
Guardians of Rescue is urging people to get involved and help with their mission of bringing them protection. The non-profit regularly sees dogs living in make shift shelters, under tarps and other unsuitable conditions. To tackle this need, the rescue organization has its country-wide teams working around the clock to reach dogs living outside and where owners are unwilling to bring animals indoors, or decline the option to surrender dogs, the group installs insulated dog houses, no freeze water bowls, coats for dogs who will benefit from them, attends to any medical needs, and ensures the dogs have food and clean water.
“We are using every resource possible to get shelter to these dogs, but the need is greater than ever before and we are deeply grateful to our supporters whose kind donations make it possible for us to take action,” added Misseri. “When the law does not protect these dogs, we will do everything in our power to help as many as we can - they have no one else looking out for them.”
Recently, the group helped one of their rescue partners in providing a dog with shelter. The dog was living tethered outdoors in the cold and was suffering. Other groups tried to provide help, but were not successful. Guardians of Rescue negotiated with the dog’s owner and came to an agreement that the group would provide the dog with shelter. He is now in a secure run, no longer tethered, and has a warm insulated dog house, as well as plenty of food and fresh water.
Dogs should not spend a lot of time outdoors once it is 45 degrees or below, and not more than 10-15 minutes when it’s at freezing or below. In fact, how long a pet can be left in such temperatures is even regulated when taking flights. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, airlines must shelter pets from extreme temperatures. They specifically state that kenneled dogs must not be exposed to temperatures of 45 degrees Fahrenheit or below for more than four hours.
To donate to help support the mission of purchasing insulated dog houses, visit the site: https://guardiansofrescue.networkforgood.com/projects/153500-help-for-dogs-left-out-in -the-cold.
Guardians of Rescue assists animals out on the streets and investigates animal cruelty cases. It is located in New York and it helps animals in many places around the country. It is also instrumental in helping military members with their pets. To learn more, get involved, or make a donation to support Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. It provides aid to animals in distress, including rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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