This year’s 2nd Annual AC PAW Dog House Collection at the end of 2015 was a great success. AC PAW set up shop at the Alden Bar and Grille in Alden on December 30th for seven hours and was able to collect 12 new and used dog houses in addition to other pet donations and about $500 in cash. Due to the publicity of the Dog House Collection, an additional five houses were collected after the event during the last week.
Collecting dog houses for outside dogs in need is a passion of AC PAW founder, Brian Manley. Over the last 20 years of AC PAW’s existence, they have been able to distribute more than 400 new and used dog houses and straw bedding to dogs in need across northern lower Michigan. Giving dogs better protection from the brutal Michigan winter weather is very important to Manley.
Manley says, “I have become all too aware that many dogs suffer, and, some even die, due to inadequate shelter during extreme weather. Although some minority of dogs are equipped to withstand severe cold, most are not. The recent addition of the Dog House Collection right after Christmas is about consciousness raising as well as acquiring houses for use. I can’t think of too many things as unpleasant as being really cold and not being able to do anything about it. Please think about that next time you want to warm up from the cold.”
In 2013, AC PAW had a dog house building workshop and is planning on doing another one this summer.
While most pet owners and animal rescue groups including AC PAW don’t believe in leaving a dog outside all the time, especially in the winter, AC PAW is working with pet owners to improve the living conditions for the dogs who DO have to live outdoors. If you currently have an outside dog, please take a look at the this link concerning backyard dogs.
According to state law, a pet owner must provide their dog with “adequate care” which is defined as sufficient food, water, shelter, sanitary conditions, exercise and veterinary medial attention to order to maintain an animal in a good state of health. Neglect is failing to sufficiently and properly care for an animal to the extent that the animal’s health is jeopardized. Proper sheltering of a dog includes adequate protection from the elements and weather conditions suitable for the age, species and physical condition of the animal so as to maintain the animal in a state of good health. Shelter for a dog includes an enclosed structure with a roof and of appropriate dimensions for the breed and size of the dog. The dog house shall have dry bedding when the outdoor temperature is or is predicted to drop below freezing. When tethering of a dog is involved, the tether (chain/leash) must be at least three times the length of the dog measured from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail and can’t be attached to a choke collar. Please make sure you give your dog proper care if it is outside and if you see a dog in your neighborhood without proper care, alert your city or county Sheriff’s Department.
For more information on how you can help with Dog Housing project, please contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-499-1301.