Commit to supporting dogs who live outdoors!
Every year, law enforcement agencies get thousands of animal neglect complaints—and lack of adequate shelter in extreme weather is among the most common type. The Humane Society of the United States wants every dog to live indoors, but this isn’t feasible for all families since some lack the resources needed to provide shelter. Adequate shelter can greatly improve the quality of life for dogs outdoors and can mean the difference between life and death on the harshest days. You can help.
Every state requires that pets have some form of shelter or protection from the elements, but only 15 states have laws clearly defining adequate shelter for a dog. Without a definition, “shelter” can be interpreted differently by owners, officers, and courts—and can vary from one jurisdiction to the next. A common-sense definition that is not overly burdensome for pet owners, is enforceable, and that provides protection can make a big difference in the quality of life for dogs who live outdoors.
Groups that exploit dogs for profit, including those who represent puppy mill operators and dog fighters, stand in the way by opposing bills that aim to add a definition of shelter into law.
Improving the lives of dogs who live outdoors requires a multi-pronged approach that includes local governments helping to provide doghouses and other resources to help economically disadvantaged families. Additionally, communities need pet friendly rental housing with reasonable pet deposits. Steps you can take include asking local companies to donate supplies or participating in building doghouses. You can also partner with local shelters or rescues to provide additional resources within your community.
Add your name to commit to protecting dogs who live outdoors!
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I pledge to help dogs who live outdoors by offering or advocating for resources. I will also support legislation that defines adequate shelter for dogs or proposes more resources to help dogs living outdoors in my community. At a time of unprecedented housing challenges and financial hardship, I agree that we must find ways to support animals and their families.
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