Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs in Las Crucens, New Mexico, are sending messages of love to help animals
by fighting to get dogs off chains in their backyards and into their homes, the Las Cruces Sun-News
The children are participating in the Dogs Deserve Better campaign "Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week" which runs February 7-14. This year, the national campaign's goal is to create 18,000 valentines to send to owners of dogs that are tied, tethered or caged 24/7, asking them to allow the canines to live inside with the rest of the family, the news outlet reports.The Humane Society of the United States
reports that tethering is a serious issue because dogs are naturally social creatures, so keeping them tied up can cause them intense psychological damage. Tethering can cause a dog to be neurotic, unhappy, anxious and even aggressive.
Last year, the campaign sent valentines to 16,880 residences with chained dogs, with 500 coming from New Mexico, the news outlet reports. In addition to appealing to owners, the campaign aims to spread awareness about this issue for the health and happiness of the dog and the public.