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.
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.
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