Dogs Deserve Better’s “Have a Heart for Chained Dogs” campaign delivered Valentines to 19,000 households with chained dogs. Today those dog “owners” are opening their mailboxes and receiving a beautiful, hand-made Valentine from a concerned child along with literature that explains the reasons that chained dogs suffer and a list of options on how to improve their well being.
There’s a collective pause now as the thousands of people who submitted the address of a chained dog near them wait to see if the mailing will have an impact. Last year, there were many instances of change and neighbors were absolutely thrilled at the transformation that took place for chained dogs they reported:
From Vicki—”The family’s address I turned in that has been keeping their dog kenneled 24/7 in the far back corner of their yard has had their dog out and in the main part of their fenced yard. Just saw the beautiful pup being walked around the neighborhood. Hooray!!!!!!!!”
From DeDe—”I noticed that this particular dog has started wearing a neck scarf (bright green I think). But the amazing thing I saw, AND THIS REALLY MADE MY DAY . . . the owner was actually WALKING the dog on a leash today! NEVER have I seen him do that before. I wanted to jump out of the car and go hug his neck!”
If you know of a chained dog, please don’t hesitate to reach out. The Dogs Deserve Better website is full of resources including literature in both English and Spanish for you to submit to a neighbor either directly or anonomously. Please check out this page for further tips on how to intervene.