Chain of Hope KC

The mission of Chain Of Hope is to end suffering and overpopulation of animals in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri through outreach, educating pet owners on responsible pet ownership, supporting owners who have limited ability to pay for their pet's basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, reduced cost or free spay and neutering, and by rehabilitating, fostering, and securing adoptive homes for rescued animals.
Aug 10, 2015

Calvin

Calvin and his crew.
Calvin and his crew.

Not all of our stories have a happy ending.  Some just leave us with an ache in our hearts.  Calvin did.  Chain of Hope received a call and provided outreach to a family with 4 large bully breeds.  They agreed to spay and neuter the dogs in order to get food and other support, which we did periodically for quite some time.   Though not ideal circumstances, the dogs remained at a good weight. The people  seemed appreciative and open to our support.  Like in the winter when they  brought  the dogs inside, but bolted them to the wall by a 3 foot chain so they wouldn't  "tear things up".  That is the  most important part of outreach - educating - about humane solutions - and providing support to make it happen, like providing crates for all of them.  Quite a bit of time passed then we recieved a call that one of the dogs, the stunning American Bulldog, seemed sick.    Calvin, as we later named him, was inside.  To our shock and outrage he was lying on a concrete floor barely alive, he could not stand, could barely lift his head.  How could they have let this go on?  It was obvious he was in horrible shape.  We took him immediately to the vet. Calvin was assessed, flooded with antiobiotics, and stayed overnight for observation and more tests to determine what was wrong.  This is not uncommon, bringing a dog in on hope and a prayer and to our relief seeing them fight, and rally. But Calvin was too far gone, his body was full of infection and his organs were breaking down.  The only thing left was to hold him, to let him know if only for a brief time a human truly cared for him, loved him enough to be with him when he took his last breath.  Your support made that possible, and we thank you. 

as we found him at the home.
as we found him at the home.
Calvin crossing over...RIP sweet boy.
Calvin crossing over...RIP sweet boy.
May 11, 2015

Daphne

Daphne before rescue
Daphne before rescue

Sweet Daphne is one of the hardest stories Chain of Hope has to tell.  It is a story of resilience, strength, love, and hope. 

RESILIANCE of a dog beaten so badly she was permanently disfigured, required numerous painful surgeries, and through it all still able to just wag her tail and accept the love and comfort of humans she needed to simply survive.

STRENGTH to transform anger and hatred of the person who took a baseball ball to this sweet little girl into the strength it takes to go into the streets and alleys every day trying to prevent such tragedies from occuring ever again.  Strength to persevere through bitter cold, rain, and blistering heat, to give animals a voice, a chance to never end up as Daphne did. 

The LOVE of staff, volunteers, vets, and surgeons to so carefully repair a fragile soul to wholeness. Love of a foster family to take her in, to heal, to be loved, to play and to be by her side a year later when she took her last sweet breath. 

And HOPE, from you, our supporters, who make our work possible.  We thank you.

on her way for surgery
on her way for surgery
a transformation
a transformation
with eyes full of love...RIP Daphne
with eyes full of love...RIP Daphne
Feb 6, 2015

Gideon

Gideon the day he left.
Gideon the day he left.

Please note this report contains a graphic photograph that may be difficult for some readers. 

Gideon was a new stop for Chain of Hope Outreach teams.  We had had an unusually cold spell and with some coaxing his owner agreed to receive a crate to bring in him inside.  While unloading the crate, an outreach volunteer greeted Gideon who was eager for affection.  It was chilly and he was wearing a sweater.  At least that's something she thought.  But as Gideon snuggled up and started to play Meredith noticed something red.  It was blood.   Under that sweater was a harness placed on Gideon at just three months of age.  Puppies grow fast, and now at six months, the harness had grown into Gideon's body.  It was never checked, never adjusted for the growing, active puppy.  What horrible pain he must have been in.  We took him to the vet immediately, and the harness was surgically removed.   The owner surrendered Gideon to Chain of Hope and soon he was placed in a foster home to heal from this awful existence he had.  Gideon is healing, has thrived, and is a very smart.  From his foster mom he has learned to sit, stay, kennel, and let her know when he needs to go out.  And most of all, he has learned what love, warmth and affection feels like.   Your support changes lives like Gideons every day, and we thank you.

Gideon in surgery.
Gideon in surgery.
snuggling with his foster mom.
snuggling with his foster mom.

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