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Dogs come in from the cold in Jamaica

ASPCA and New York Cares give away doghouses at NYPD’s 113th Precinct

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

Sometimes even a fur coat is not enough to allow a dog to cope with icy winter weather.

So on Saturday, the ASPCA and New York Cares joined forces with the NYPD to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a pilot program with the aim of helping dog owners keep their pets just a little bit warmer in the winter.

The doghouse giveaway took place in the parking of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct. Colleen Doherty of the ASPCA, a cruelty intervention manager, said the precinct was chosen because of a high number of reports of larger dogs in the area being left outside this winter without adequate shelter.

She said the effort is a preventive one.

“There are things we like to address before they become a cruelty issue,” she said.

The two-piece plastic shelters are insulated, though Doherty said they recommend lining them with hay, particularly in the arctic temperatures that the New York City area has seen in recent weeks.

Doherty said Saturday’s offerings were limited to large and extra-large structures in keeping with the sizes of dogs that keep turning up in reports to 311.

The NYPD has taken over enforcement of animal cruelty cases.

Cherry Ashui, who came by with her bull terrier Max, said she found out about the giveaway online. Another resident said he found out from a friend who is a police officer.

Kendall Hawkins of Jamaica brought along his 3-year-old pit bull, Butter, to survey his new hangout. And he believes the same house that will give his pet shelter in the cold will come in just as handy in the summer when dogs need shade.

“Sometimes when I’m at work I leave him outside,” Hawkins said.

ASPCA spokeswoman Rebecca Goldrick declined to specify the number of doghouses to be given out on Saturday.

But she said that if they ran out the association would offer IOUs to get the structures quickly to anyone who showed up at Saturday’s event.

“We will work with everyone who comes here today,” she said shortly after Saturday’s event kicked off.

Goldrick and Doherty also said that the turnout and results would be critiqued in the coming weeks to prepare for future giveaways.

Dog owners also were invited to take bags of food, leashes and ID tags, all part of the ASPCA’s effort to keep man’s best friends safe, healthy and happy.

New York Cares, which helped purchase the dog houses and supplies, is far better known for helping keep people warm in the winter with the citywide coat drive it has held for the last 25 years.

“But we care about dogs too,” said Cameron Shore, who is manager of disaster, rebuilding and special projects for the charity. “We’re also providing some transportation for people who don’t have vehicles to take the doghouses home.

For those who did, NYPD auxiliary police officers from the 113th Precinct were on hand to help load the pieces into people’s cars.

An NYPD spokesman said the department would gladly agree to host a similar event is asked by the ASPCA.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Randy Janssen posted at 7:33 am on Fri, Mar 7, 2014.

    Randy Janssen Posts: 1

    The ASPCA is not your local volunteer animal shelter. The ASPCA has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is a hundred fifty million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 10% to feed and shelter cats and dogs. What it does spend money on, is the vegan activist group Mercy for Animals and a 9 million dollar judgment for filing false allegations against the Ringling Brothers THE ASPCA IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. The ASPCA IS FOR A VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE AND AGAINST EATTING MEAT. The ASPCA wants to change our eating habits and standard of living by outlawing farming methods that are used on family farms. The ASPCA is bad for America so don't applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the ASPCA is giving money to a bloated bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 6:15 am on Fri, Mar 7, 2014.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 180

    Hey Jamaica folks, if you cannot properly keep a dog and provide for them, then you should not have a dog or pet period. That goes the same with kids too.


  • CleanUpJamaicaQueens posted at 3:02 pm on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    CleanUpJamaicaQueens Posts: 180

    Hey Jamaica folks, if you cannot properly keep a dog and provide for them, then you should not have a dog or pet period. That goes the same with kids too.