GARD announced that they’re installing heat lamps in their kennels, which amuses in several respects.
With cooler weather coming in, we are in need of a few of these for our dogs. If you can donate one to keep a dog warm and cozy, that would be great. All of our dogs have a roof over them, heat lamps, and are covered on 3 sides for winter. They all have blankets and hay but having their own cozy house would help tremendously.
I’ve seen heat lamps used in barns, coops and outbuildings back home but never in this region. Winter simply isn’t cold enough to warrant heat lamps for healthy animals and sick animals shouldn’t be outside to start with.
Head over to Weather Underground’s History page for Savannah, GA and click through the winter months to see the minimum, maximum and average temperatures for Dec/Jan/Feb. As an example, the min/max/avg for last winter are:
GARD claims the dogs’ kennels or whatever are enclosed on three sides but looking at the kennels photographed in the Georgia Department of Agriculture reports, I see no evidence of walls ever being attached nor any way to securely attach walls/tarps/whatever to the wire or tarp framing.
I don’t believe for a moment GARD is installing heat lamps in their runs. I can’t find any electrical outlets or wiring in these runs, which would be the logical, efficient way to provide the electricity required to run heat lamps. Nor have I ever seen a photograph of GARD’s outdoor animals—they’re almost all outdoor animals—with hay and blankets.
The animals would be much better served by the addition of air conditioning and an effective disease/parasite eradication program.
A/C and health improvements won’t happen either. Such upgrades would cut into GARD’s hefty tax-free profits and they can’t have that.
Update 09/24/2020: My friend made an excellent point. If GARD were more concerned about the animals than the bottom line, they’d have decent climate controlled kennels or, better yet, each animal would be in foster homes where each animal could receive the attention and assessment each deserves. Everything we’ve seen indicates GARD is far more invested in the quantity of animals passing through their hands (and bank account) than the condition of those animals upon leaving their property.