Mississippi resident Clarissa Jones was unconvinced that the dogs at her local animal shelter, some of whom had no access to the indoors, could safely withstand the winter. She put her empathy into action by purchasing used sweaters from Goodwill and repurposing them to fit dogs.
Thus was born a local initiative that went national, The Save the Dogs from the Chill Project.
When Jones saw the number of supportive comments from blog readers in response to her suiting up the dogs, she realized that she had only touched the tip of the iceberg. She wrote in her blog, bignutshell.com/blogs/dogproject, “I can only imagine what dogs go through every winter all over the U.S. It’s obvious we have (unexpectedly) stumbled upon a HUGE issue that should be addressed.”
As a result, she is now accepting donations of used sweaters (children’s sweaters work best), to be sent to shelters all over the country. “The key has always been to build a bridge between the dogs and the people that are willing to help them,” Jones says.
Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 19071, Hattiesburg, MS, 39404. Visit bignutshell.com/blogs/dogproject to follow the progress of the project.