See how PETA fieldworkers helped “backyard dogs” left outside in Tropical Storm Ophelia’s path when their owners failed to bring them indoors.
Meet Some of the Dogs Left Outside in Tropical Storm Ophelia
We provided Layla with cover from the pouring rain, as her pen offered no protection from the elements except within her soaked doghouse.
Tiny Cash was left to soak outside with overflowing, dirty water dishes in a flooding pen.
Abel, Athena, and Yola were able to have some shelter from the torrents of rain in their PETA-provided dog houses, and PETA fieldworkers ensured that they had adequate food and clean water, as most of their owners weren’t going outside to check on them.
PETA Helps ‘Backyard Dogs’ Everyday
Layla, Abel, Athena, Yola, and Cash are just a few of the many dogs who are left outside in all weather extremes. Our fieldworkers visited dozens of other dogs left in flooding backyards during Tropical Storm Ophelia and provided them with the necessities of survival—food, clean water, and shelter.
We want all dogs to live indoors with families who love them, but we often work in areas where many people are unfamiliar with the concept of allowing dogs inside—and where the law doesn’t prohibit people from keeping dogs chained all day and night.
If we can’t convince the families we work with to allow their dogs indoors—and if the dogs aren’t being kept in illegal conditions—our fieldworkers do everything they can to improve the lives of these lonely animals and educate their owners by setting an example. A doghouse is no substitute for a real home, but it makes a world of difference to the dogs who previously had nowhere to escape from scorching heat or other weather extremes. Every dog who’s visited by our fieldworkers is also given toys, treats, and desperately needed affection.
How You Can Help ‘Backyard Dogs’ in Your Area
An effective way to help “backyard dogs” is to work with elected representatives to pass ordinances that ban or restrict chaining. To get started, see what current legislation on tethering dogs exists in your community.
Dogs should never be left outside unattended, but when they’re outside and deprived of access to water or shelter, the situation becomes an emergency—and local authorities should be contacted immediately. If these authorities are unresponsive, contact PETA for help. Dogs’ well-being—if not their lives—could depend on you.