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.
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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.
If ever a dog was the epitome of Chain of Hope’s mission, Luke is. Luke is a dog we followed for over two years on outreach. Like so many others he was on a chain, outside 24 hours a day, 7 days a week along with two other dogs at the home. We set them all up with food, treats, toys, dog houses filled with straw to keep them warm in winter, fly repellant in the summer to prevent pain and infection from fly bites, flea and tick and heartworm prevention medication, and made sure they were spayed and neutered. Chain of Hope is relentless in following up to make sure these animals remain healthy and hold their owners responsible for doing what is right, what is necessary. And we did, for over two years. We convinced the owners to surrender two of the dogs who went on to be adopted to start new lives filled with affection, warmth, and love. But they would not let go of Luke. And unlike the other two, Luke would not let you near the dirt circle he had worn from years living on that chain. He was angry and aggressive and had every right to be.
Chain of Hope didn’t give up. We continued to monitor Luke, tossing treats and toys, and making sure he had what he needed to survive the best he could under the circumstances. Then one day the phone rang. Luke’s owners were moving and not taking him. Yes, we would take him, but at what cost, would Luke be able to be with people, other dogs, could he be adopted? He was truly one of the most aggressive dogs we had ever monitored. But Luke just knew, he knew it was his turn, that his life in the dirt and on that chain was over. Beating all the odds, Luke transitioned beautifully to an affectionate, playful dog with humans and dogs alike. He is so smart, and you rarely see him running around without a big stuffed toy in his mouth. He is a charmer, and now it is his turn for that life filled with love, warmth, and affection.
Your support makes this possible and we are grateful.
Chain of Hope first spotted Molly when she was living in junkyard. Soon it was obvious she was pregnant. It was November and getting colder. The outreach teams went often to check on her and make sure she had food and water, but they couldn't get close. They knew the pups would come any day, and when they did Molly was even harder to find as she was protecting those babies. The teams went daily to make sure she had enough nourishment to care for them. Perhaps Molly started to trust or perhaps she was just getting so tired of trying to survive and keep her pups alive that the team was able to catch her. The pups were gathered up in a bucket and all were taken to Chain of Hope to start their new lives. The puppies found homes fast, as puppies do, but Molly waited...and waited...and waited. Although she had made a best canine friend at Chain of Hope and was adored by volunteers, she needed a home. Then 19 months after she left that junkyard, Molly found her perfect family. Molly's patience paid off and our supporters made it possible.
We thank you for keeping us out there, day in and day out, searching for Mollys who need us.
Neighbors called Chain of Hope when they heard crying. Gracie had been left in an abandonded house and it took days to discover the cries were hers. She was trapped in the crawl space. When COH arrived, Gracie was literally trying to chew her way out. It was bitter cold. She settled in, ate, slept, then slept some more like they all do when they become a Chain of Hope dog. They know they are safe, can let their guard down and just be loved and taken care of. Gracie soon went to foster and soon therafter to her forever home where she now lives with two canine pals. She is Pinky now, and adores her big brother Porky.
In 2013, COH had 2,790 encounters with dogs, up 250 from 2012. Nearly 300 new households with animals needing support were identified, in addition to the 1,540 encounters with households that receive routine monitoring and assistance; more than 300 return encounters than 2012. More than 2100 encounters were for food, up 500 from 2012. And like Gracie, 68 animals were rescued and placed in their forever home.
Your support makes it all possible. Thank you for hearing their cries and being their voice !!
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