How did you celebrate your last birthday? Did you party it up with friends? Have dinner at a fancy restaurant with your fam? PETA Foundation staffer Kendall Bryant—aka “The Straw Boss”—had something else in mind. She spent her birthday delivering straw bedding to cold dogs in North Carolina with her accomplice Dan “CircusesHurtAnimals.com” Carron. And because Kendall is a talented photographer and videographer, she documented her trip and turned it into a must-see video:
Kendall and Dan met pit bulls Tyson, Diamond, Pretty, and Tiger, who were all struggling to stay warm as best they could during the first snowfall of the winter. You can tell by their wagging tails that they were nearly as thrilled to get some attention as they were to get fluffy straw, a hearty meal, and, in the case of Tyson, a lightweight tie-out to replace his heavy logging chain.
The pair also helped Bear, a golden-retriever mix whose drinking water had frozen solid, and a pack of beagles, possibly used for hunting, who eagerly gobbled up the food that they were given. For these dogs, Kendall and Dan’s loving words and attention might have been some of the first acts of kindness that they’d ever been given, as chained dogs are often regarded as little more than burglar alarms or lawn ornaments.
In total, Kendall and Dan helped 18 dogs, three rabbits, a cat, and a rooster that day! That’s a pretty rad birthday wish come true, right?! If you know of a chained dog in your area or of any case where an animal is in danger or is abused, report it NOW.
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