We help pet owners get their dogs off chains by providing fence assistance in the form of supplies and labor. To apply see the application section below. To get involved, please click here to email one of our Chain Off program leads. You can also follow us our activities on the P.E.T.S. Facebook and find out about out locations and times for fence builds on the P.E.T.S. Chain Off Facebook. We post times and locations every week. Just show up and help.
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Why Break the Chains?
Chaining and/or tethering is considered inhumane by every reputable dog organization.
Dogs thrive on social interaction. A chained dog suffers intense psychological damage. Chained dogs can become neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and aggressive.
Dogs’ necks can become raw and covered with sores. Dogs have been found with collars embedded in their necks.
Chained dogs feel forced to fight. They cannot choose between fight or flight behavior. They naturally protect their territory.
Chained dogs are three times more likely to bite. Numerous attacks from chained dogs are on record. Unfortunately, the victims are often children unaware of the dog’s presence.
Chained dogs are easy victims for other animals and insensitive humans. They are easily stolen by dog thieves. Finally, they can easily be strangled if their chain is entangled.
Chained dogs are easily ignored because they are “out of the way.” They can be aggressive and difficult to approach. They cannot seek shelter from extreme heat or cold.
Chained dogs are forced to eat, sleep, and defecate in the same confined area. Usually, the dog’s limited area quickly becomes a run of mud or dirt due to pacing.
Chain Off Applications
All pets in the household must be spayed or neutered to qualify for assistance. This includes pets not kept on chains. We recommend you alter your pets prior to applying or have appointment to do so. We have many financial assistance programs to help you with the cost of surgery. You do not have to pay anything if you can not afford to do so.
If you rent your property, we must have permission from your landlord to make changes to your fencing and you must provide proof of long term leasing.
Income requirements will be necessary. Be prepared to submit a copy of your most recent Federal Tax Statement with your application.
For the protection of our volunteers, all animals on site must be current on rabies. Please ensure your animals are vaccinated prior to completing the application. Rabies can be obtained at the PETS clinic any Tuesday or Wednesday 10-2.
All Pet Owners receiving assistance will be required to furnish 2-3 able bodied volunteers during the build(s) to help our crew.