Yes, temperatures have dropped into the teens which means dogs without shelter not only suffer but may not even survive. So our outreach teams have been out there delivering dog houses and hay to keep these precious animals warm. Just yesterday I met a woman who told me on her way to work she saw a dog, chained, no shelter, and it was 17 degrees that morning. She called Chain of Hope and left a message, because "that's what they say to do". On her way home she saw a new doghouse had already been delivered to that home, stuffed with fresh hay, the dog snuggled inside.....outreach was there, that same day.....because this dog had NO time to wait.
And then there was Sparticus, at a routine monitoring stop to deliver food and check in with the family. Sparticus had been lying in a laundry room for more than a week, trying to heal from injuries most likely from being hit by a car. The owner took him to the vet, but could only afford so much, so there he was in that laundry room as an infected wound on one leg and a broken femur on the other tried to heal. Can you imagine how much pain he was in? The owner surrendered him to Chain of Hope and he was taken for immediate medical attention. Now he is healing, and oh you should see his tail wag, despite all he has been through.
In the last three months COH has delivered 28 dog houses, distributed over 40 bales of hay and provided food to more than 192 households benefiting nearly 400 animals. That dog snuggling in the dog house, and Sparticus....they found their voice. You gave it to them with your support, your calls, your generosity that keeps us out there. And for that we, and they, are eternally grateful.