PETA collects toys to bring cheer to dogs

Published 10:48 am Thursday, December 21, 2023

To make the holidays merrier for local canines this December, PETA’s elves are collecting and distributing toys to neglected dogs who are kept chained or penned outdoors 24/7 and know little comfort and joy.

Compassionate people everywhere can help by donating online or dropping toys off at participating businesses throughout Hampton Roads, according to a news release.

“Dogs kept outdoors are deprived of all the things they need for a happy, healthy life, including mental and physical stimulation, but a toy to play with can help brighten a lonely, bored, and frustrated dog’s day,” said PETA Vice President Emily Allen. “PETA encourages the community to join us and be an angel for chained dogs this winter by donating to our ‘Christmutts’ toy drive and to always keep their companion animals indoors with them, where they belong.”

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Every day, PETA’s fieldworkers visit dogs across southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina who are chained or penned outside in all weather extremes, confined to the same few feet of space day in and day out. PETA provides fresh food, clean water, sturdy dog houses lined with straw, flea treatment, affection, and playtime — often the only interaction these dogs receive.

Dog toys and treats can be donated at 

Residents can also drop off toys through the holidays locally at Boutique on the Creek, 21088 Marina Rd., Suite 100, Carrollton.