DETROIT (WXYZ) - "They're lonely. They're hungry. Most of them are dehydrated," said Dr. Patricia Odette as she prepared to fill an igloo dog house with lots of straw in Southwest Detroit.
Odette and Teri Daniels are two of the volunteers with the non-profit dog rescue and welfare organization known as C.H.A.I.N.E.D.. And they spent Wednesday morning filling dog igloos with straw and dog bowls with food and water.
C.H.A.I.N.E.D. stands for Continue Helping Animals In Need & Educating Dog Owners.
Currently, volunteers with the group are assisting about 500 dogs in Southwest Detroit and in Downriver communities with shelter, straw, food, and water.
One of their struggles with some pet owners is to get them to understand the importance of keeping fresh water available for their dogs to avoid dehydration.
Sadly, many dog owners don't see the point of putting water out for their dogs because it freezes. But it's important to change it as often as needed because keeping a pet properly hydrated is critical to survival.