Un-chain your dog!

File this one under Smart Ideas That Directly Help Animals. A friend sent me a link recently to a North Carolina organization called Coalition to Unchain Dogs. I’d heard about programs such as this before–programs that, without charge to the dogs’ caretakers, build fences for dogs who are living a chained-up life–but they kept slipping off my radar until the friend mentioned this specific nonprofit. Here’s a quick overview of what the group of volunteers does:

In just over two years, we have freed over 200 dogs from their chains, but many more are still waiting. Our three-tiered mission:

  1. Raise money and build fences for chained dogs in the community 
  2. Provide support to and educate the community as to why chaining is cruel and dangerous and raise awareness of the physical, mental and emotional needs of dogs  
  3. Advocate for the passing of laws that disallow or severely restrict the chaining of dogs 

Each dog must be spayed/neutered and vaccinated before receiving a fence. Most dogs receive these services through Independent Animal Rescue (IAR) and its Community Spay/Neuter Program. The Coalition is grateful to IAR for its longstanding partnership and support.

If you want to see the results, the group’s site also has dozens of heartwarming videos introducing the dogs helped, documenting the transformation of the dogs’ spaces, and showing the dogs ultimately running happily, free from their chains. But North Carolinians aren’t the only ones working hard to free chained dogs. All the way on the other side of the country, for example, is the Oregon nonprofit Fences for Fido: “Our mission is to improve the quality of life for dogs living outdoors by removing chains, building fences, providing shelters, offering spay/neuter, and raising awareness about the physical, mental and emotional needs of dogs and why chaining a dog is inhumane and dangerous.” See some of their success stories here.

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