The question, of course, is if you feel that a strip of curved metal qualifies as a shelter.
Fortunately, Josh Colvin of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) thought otherwise. Last week, his team made the two-hour drive to New Providence, hauling an insulated, custom-made doghouse.
Perhaps more surprising, considering the attempts to help Bella that were apparently rebuffed in the past, the owners accepted the offer.
Well, sort of.
They may have had a little help making their decision from a social media onslaught that erupted after the story was published. And the fact that the sheriff accompanied the group who set up the doghouse.
And, well, they were away for the holidays at the time, according to ARL. So we can also thank Thanksgiving for Bella's new home.
The dog was so happy, according to the group's post on Facebook, "she kept running in and out of her new house, licking Josh's hand each time as she ran out."
Bella also got a smattering of toys and treats. But, perhaps most importantly, she got something that is, sadly, scarcer than anything in her lonesome life. For a very short while, Bella was surrounded by people. And she was more than ready for her close-up.