- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The ASPCA in New York City has started a pilot program that provides free insulated shelters for at-risk dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors.

The program is called “Operation Gimme Shelter.”

It’s partnered by New York Cares and the NYPD’s Community Affairs Office.

Officials say the NYPD has received an increased number of reports about dogs left outside without proper shelter.

The ASPCA says many of the people involved lack the resources or knowledge to provide appropriate housing for their pets.

The pilot program is providing free dog houses in the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens.

Participants also get ID tags, a bag of dog food, behavioral support for their dogs, and educational materials.


Online: www.aspca.org

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