Five Lucky Dogs Get Dog Houses before Christmas

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We all know that not all dogs are lucky enough to have a home. Some are homeless and some are house pets. Among those house pets there are some that get to live a cozy life inside warm homes with their humans, while others spend their entire lifetime chained in backyards exposed to the elements. Well, this winter, five outside dogs in the Atlanta area are each getting a dog house of their own, all thanks to teenagers from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Photo Credit: Rescue 2 Restore
Photo Credit: Rescue 2 Restore

 

Rescue 2 Restore, a program at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, and the “Breaking Chains” program at the Atlanta-based Lifeline Animal Project, have come together to give incarcerated youth an opportunity to acquire life skills like carpentry, and help animals in need.

Young residents at DJJ’s Sumter Youth Development Center (YDC) built five dog houses featuring elevated floors and shingled, slanted roofs for maximum warmth and protection from the elements. These dog houses were delivered on November 4, 2014, to pet owning families that cannot afford appropriate shelter for their pets and who live in Atlanta’s low income areas.

The picture on the left shows how one of the recipients lived before getting the dog house. Photo Credit: Rescue 2 Restore
The picture on the left shows how one of the recipients lived before getting the dog house.
Photo Credit: Rescue 2 Restore

 

Lifeline Animal Project’s program “Breaking Chains,” provides resources and education to Atlanta residents whose pets would otherwise always live their lives outside, tethered by a chain. Rescue 2 Restore teaches incarcerated teens life skills while educating them about animal care and compassion.

Delivering the dog houses. Photo Credit: Rescue 2 Restore
Delivering the dog houses. Photo Credit: Rescue 2 Restore

 

On delivery day, the Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles accompanied two Sumter Youth Development Center students to deliver the dog houses to the Lifeline Animal Project. Both teens expressed their gratitude for being able to assist Lifeline in this lifesaving mission and provide appropriate shelter for dogs in need.

This was the first time Lifeline Animal Project and Rescue 2 Restore worked together to build dog houses. Both organizations plan to continue working together and change the lives of many more dogs in need.

35 thoughts on “Five Lucky Dogs Get Dog Houses before Christmas”

  1. Isnt it the law that you need proper shelter for these dogs if they cant afford to house them how can they feed them

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  2. That hardly looks like a low income neighborhood, I mean two story houses???? Why get the dog when you dont want it? Some idiiots.

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  3. I don’t believe in “outside” pets of any species. Too bad they can’t take the dogs and give them to worthy people who let them in the house.

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  4. I don’t like that any dog or cat lives outside when being owned by humans. You made a commitment to the animal to love them, care for them, house them and make them a member of your family…if you live outside in a tent … then okay your dog can live outside with you BUT if you live inside then YOUR DOG LIVES INSIDE with you as a loyal family member. Dogs put you first even when you neglect them BUT these people have not put them first…they should be taught keeping any dog or cat outside is wrong. AND the fencing around the dog house is waaaayyy to small. Once it rains the dogs will be living in mud….again bring the animals in and make them a part of your family…outside is not being how a loving owner and caring owner should treat their animals…make them family….BRING THEM INSIDE….and see the smile and relief that comes from your dogs and cats when they are inside with you!!!!

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    • oh brother. you do realize that dogs evolved from wild animals that live outside, don’t you? do you think it’s a dog’s natural instinct to live in a little bitty house with 4 walls around it and to sleep in a bed with people? you probably make it wear clothes too. poor things. so sad that your dogs will never be able to do what their instincts tell them to do, be outside and LIVE like an animal. I’m not saying the dog should never come inside, mine do, but they are outdoor animals. The have freedom to actually be what nature intended – DOGS. And they love it – they are NOT human children. Course we go outside a lot too and spend time with all of our animals, maybe that’s something you should try, once.

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