The Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue group, does everything they can to ensure the safety and well-being of dogs across our nation year-around. Currently they are working on ways to shelter cold dogs with insulated doghouses. In order to do so, the group will be traveling this winter from Camden, New Jersey all the way to Main providing assistance to those animals in need.
Although it is widely publicized that hot weather is dangerous for pets, many people do not realize that cold weather is equally dangerous for animals. According to the American Veterinary Association, dogs should be kept inside during cold weather for, just like people, dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Sadly, not every pet owner takes his or her dog inside during the freezing winter months though.
“Unfortunately, some people leave their pets outdoors year-round, regardless of the dropping temperatures,” affirms Robert Misseri, Founder and President of Guardians of Rescue. “The cold weather is extremely bad for a dog’s health and can lead to sickness, even death. Unfortunately, a lot of the dogs we find need immediate medical attention. To ease the suffering dogs, we’re distributing insulated doghouses throughout the Northeast for protection from the freezing weather. The free doghouses have clean straw, and when able, we plug in a heating pad to make them as comfortable as possible.”
Regardless of whether a dog has long-hair or short-hair/fur, dogs are still at risk in the cold weather. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and other such medical issues have a harder time adjusting their body temperature and that can lead to more suffering. If you see a dog that is left outside for extended periods of time or overnight on the East Coast, contact Guardians of Rescue to arrange to have an insulated doghouse provided for the dog.
“To continue saving lives, we need help from the community, not only through donations but if you see a dog left outside, discarded or being abused it’s important to report it to the proper authorities and/or call us to stop the abuse,” Dori Scofield, Vice President of Guardians of Rescue. “With the help of the public we are making a difference one dog house at a time by providing refuge to those animals in need so they are protected from the elements.”
The Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization that is based in New York. Their mission is to protect the well-being of all animals and their aim is to have Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. In addition, the group provides instrumental education to young people about animal abuse and how to prevent it. Guardians of Rescue founded programs such as Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist with post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.