Valentines with a Message

February 14, 2012

Dogs Deserve Better is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create awareness, council owners, and save dogs whose lives are spent chained and/or penned. Behavioral science has taught us that dogs who spend their lives on the end of a chain are extremely unsocialized and, therefore can become a danger to all those around. According to their website (http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/), DDB is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without respect, love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Because many citizens are not comfortable approaching / counciling owenrs of chained dogs to let them know the dangers and disservice they are doing to the dogs and to their community, DDB says, "Let us do it for you!" For the second year in a row, DDB has organized an event called "Have a Heart for Dogs Week", from February 7th - 14th. In the months prior to this special week, people can send to DDB the addresses of homes where chained dogs live. Today those dog owners (more than 19,000) 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.

And, its making an impact!

(Taken from a Care2.com article)
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!!!!!!!!”

(Taken from a Care2.com article)

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 (http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/brochure.html) for you to submit to a neighbor either directly or anonomously. You can also check out this page for further tips on how to intervene: http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/infotips.html.



In this picture: Our sweet Ju-Ju