We were graciously donated the funds to display several billboards in the Springfield/Greene County Community.
The purpose was to motivate people to at least improve the lives of their pets. We have been able to help several...but not enough. The sad part of the story was that it was not the dog's owner that called to help their dog. Instead, it was the passer-by that could hardly bare to drive by the dog each day as they watched his misery.
One example that stands out among all was the male (non neutered) 10 year old pom that had lived his life on a chain. When a member left a note to tell the owner that the dog by law had to have shelter, I received a call & reluctantly was allowed to prove a dog house. One of the members hand built him one, we added straw & treats for him to search for. The look on his face...when the members left him there & he realized that he actually had a warmer place to lay down and be out of the elements.
You may ask...about the chain? He is still attached. The owner refused even a pen. She claims she uses him as her "watch dog". Trying to talk with her was futile! We later discovered that there was a Pekingese (a bred female) in the trailer that was due January th. At that point, she told me she would sell them (peke/poms) for $50 to supplement her social security income. As a side note...she lived in a run down trailer, but drove up when the dog house was delivered to here in a $40,000 truck.
This story is all too common in the Ozarks. But we are determined to fight for compassion for the pet, regardless of what it takes. By the way...Spencer (the Dal on the billboard is with a new, loving, indoor home now...OFF THE CHAIN!
Want to get involved to really HELP?
We are actively seeking volunteers and $$ to get these poor animals off of these inhumane tethers & chains. It is costing a minimum of $75-$100 to give each one that we find an 8ft-16ft fenced are so that they have the freedom to move without a chain or tether hindering their movement. We have completed seven of the "UNCHAININGS" already this spring. The Animal Control Department passes out our BROCHURE that tells the recipient what we do and who we are & 99% of the time we receive a call from the dog owner asking for help.
AND so is a dog off a chain!
I admit that is hard to consider actually "helping" these animal neglecter or abusers with the provision of a fence or humane tethering ...but KEEP IN MIND...it is the dog you are helping, not them. Also, the majority of these folks acquire dogs without having the proper place for them and relent to "chaining" them instead of putting up a fence. Animal welfare often goes un-rewarded, so if you are looking for accolades, you may not find it in the people. I don't even look anymore. I get my gratitude when I see the chain drop of the dogs neck & he/she realizes that "freedom has arrived! That is gratification enough! What really makes me happy is when the person agrees to Spay or neuter their pet!!!
If you have some time or money or fencing...please call or email and we will set a time to meet you at a site where you can actually take part in making a better HABITAT for MAN'S BEST FRIEND!
& off of a chain!!
...a pup on Lexington ! Can you feel his pain ? Get involved with us to stop these atrocities!