CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - You can help give the gift of warmth for dogs in need this winter at Kane's Krusade's Dog House Build Off on November 2nd. Kim George, President of Kane's Krusade along with Kane, board member Jim Pagano and Jim Helems, owner of Adventure Dogs and Dog Pals shared more about their mission and how you can get involved!
Dog House Build Off!
Saturday, November 2nd
8AM - 4PM
77 Mill Street
For more information visit KanesKrusade.org.
What is the Kane's Krusade mission?
We improve the quality of life for dogs in the Greater Springfield area. This varies from providing food, vaccinations, microchips, medical care to providing insulated dog houses we call Kondos.
Why build and donate Kondos?
We work with our families first to bring dogs inside. That is our top priority. We provide crates and behavioral training to address issues and make it easier for the family. In those situations where a dog must live outside, we provide the insulated Kondo to keep them warm and safe. This greatly improves the quality of life for the dog.
Why do people keep their dogs outside?
There are many reasons people keep dogs outside. Sometimes the dog wants to be outside such as St. Bernard's and Husky's. Sometimes there are issues with the landlord or allergies. Sometimes there are cultural reasons. Some people do not view their dogs as family members that live inside. People have grown up with dogs living outside and do not feel they should live in the house. We share information with families on the benefits of dogs living in the home. Many people have dogs outside to guard property but this is largely ineffective.
What are the risks of keeping dogs outside?
Dogs will live longer happier lives if they are part of the family unit. Dogs on chains often become territorial and aggressive through no fault of their own. Dogs make better protectors when they live in the house, bonded to their humans and able to respond to a situation.
What makes the Kondos you build unique?
When looking to purchase dog houses to donate to families in need, we couldn't find any that provided adequate warmth for New England winters. Many people use the dog igloos, but they are not warm. Our Kondos are uniquely designed with a special wind wall that the dog can curl up behind for maximum warmth. This keeps the entrance separate. The floor, roof and walls are fully insulated. The roof opens for convenient cleaning and is shingled for weatherproofing.
What advice do you have for people that want to build a dog house?
If you live in cold climates like the Northeast, you must have an insulated dog house. The house should be raised off the ground to prevent rain runoff. The roof should be sloped so that snow and rain do not pool. Do not use blankets or towels for the inside - when they get wet they freeze and the dog will have a block of ice in their house. We recommend stuffing dog houses with straw, not hay. Straw is a natural insulator and hay will harbor moisture and mold. Replace straw regularly. Cover the door so the opening is not exposed. Provide a heated water bowl. Dogs quickly become dehydrated in the winter.