Sep 3, 2019

Helping Chained Dogs get Through the Summer

Owner hanging the fly trap we gave him.
Owner hanging the fly trap we gave him.

Summer is the most expensive season for Chain of Hope to operate in. Since we service primarily chained, outside dogs in the inner city, we need a lot of products to help combat the insects that attack these poor dogs.

Most of the dogs that live outside have their ears bleeding from the flies that attack them. Once there’s even just a little bit of blood, the flies are relentless and the dogs’ ears just get worse and worse.

Chain of Hope provides fly spray and fly traps for the dogs. Fly traps are very important-they attract the flies into the bag where they are trapped and keep them off of the dog. A new one needs to be hung every few weeks. They are $5 a trap and we hang hundreds of them each summer, trying to keep the chained dogs more comfortable.

Of course, we provide education about the need to scoop up the feces to prevent or lessen the fly problem in the first place. Some people are good about it and some people just don’t make any effort.

We also provide flea prevention treatment because the fleas are just as relentless as the flies and make the dogs miserable. We educate about the need for flea prevention, treating their yard for fleas, bathing their dog, etc.

Many of the dogs that Chain of Hope visits in the summer have no water because they knock their buckets over and the owners usually just blame it on the dog. We provide water buckets and clips to clip the handles of the buckets to the fence so the dog cannot tip it over. We show them how they can get an old tire and set the water bucket in the middle of the tire to keep it from tipping over.

We also give out free wire kennels so that people can bring their dogs inside, even if they are not normally inside. We tell people that they just have to get them in when the heat index is in the 90’s and 100’s.

Chain of Hope hustles all summer long taking care of the outside chained dogs, who suffer in the hot, humid, Missouri summers. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you for your support!

Owner putting ear gel on his dog's ears.
Owner putting ear gel on his dog's ears.
This dog's ears were being eaten by flies.
This dog's ears were being eaten by flies.
Owner putting flea prevention on his dog.
Owner putting flea prevention on his dog.
This puppy had bleeding ears from the flies.
This puppy had bleeding ears from the flies.
Insects do terrible things to outside dogs.
Insects do terrible things to outside dogs.
Jun 3, 2019

Teaching Children in the Urban Core How to Care for Animals

Education about spaying and neutering is essential
Education about spaying and neutering is essential

We at Chain of Hope, know that it is essential to educate the children in the inner city about how to care for animals. We have to change the way animals are viewed sometimes, which is as a piece of property or simply a dog to bark when someone’s around. Chain of Hope volunteers are committed to changing this concept and guiding people towards valuing their animal and making a connection with it. It is a difficult challenge, but Chain of Hope is up to it.

If you grew up with the pit bull chained to the tree in the back yard to be the “guard” dog, then you have a particular view of animals, most likely. We strive to point out that animals need empathy and concern, that they suffer and feel pain and fear, just like we do.

It never fails, when we pull up in our van to help the dogs, children gather around and ask us what we’re doing, It’s an excellent opportunity to show these children that these animals need so much more than the bare necessities. They need love, understanding, interaction, freedom from chaining, a new toy, something to chew on and a lot of other things. We explain what spaying and neutering is and why it’s so important, both for the animal’s health and because of how full the shelters are. It is these lessons that we try to impart on the children. They love it when we give them our toy bucket and let them pick out some new toys for their dog. We get them involved, so that they can learn by doing. 

We love the curiosity of the kids. At least we are modeling for them how their animal should be cared for-they may have never seen this before. We are planting a seed, as we watch a new generation grow and become more compassionate. Because after Chain of Hope has been there, then they know better!

We are changing a mindset. It is slow, but we are making progress. We’ve seen dogs that used to be chained outside become house dogs, with Chain of Hope’s help, supplies (such as indoor crates), coaching and understanding. Your donations make this possible-we could not do this without you. Our mission is to better the treatment of animals in the urban core of Kansas City. Reaching the children is of the utmost importance for change and Chain of Hope volunteers reach them everyday. Thank you for keeping us out there.  

This little girl loves her little buddy!
This little girl loves her little buddy!
We replaced a heavy chain with a cable.
We replaced a heavy chain with a cable.
Kids, carrying a new house back to their dog.
Kids, carrying a new house back to their dog.
Giving their pit bull love, attention and new toy!
Giving their pit bull love, attention and new toy!
The kids learn by helping us when we come by!
The kids learn by helping us when we come by!
Mar 6, 2019

GlobalGiving Report Due 3-5-19, Chain of Hope

Stella fought for her life at the ER
Stella fought for her life at the ER

Stella-Saved From the Brink of Death

 

Chain of Hope received a call from a young man who said that he had just picked up a female pit bull off the side of the road and she seemed to be in much pain and distress. He said that this dog had a terrible odor coming out of her back side and that blood was coming out when she squatted. He said that she looked like maybe she had had puppies, but he had looked around for them and hadn’t found any. I asked him if she could be in labor and he said possibly. He really didn’t know what was going on. I asked him if he could take her to the emergency clinic and Chain of Hope would be responsible for her. He said he would head straight there.

After the dog was evaluated, one of the veterinarians called and said that they needed to take her to surgery. She was in very bad shape and was running a fever. She was emaciated and dehydrated. They thought it had something to do with her pregnancy, but they didn’t know what was going on. She was suffering greatly. We did not know if she would make it through the surgery, but we knew that she was going to die if they didn’t open her up.

The doctor called about midnight that night and said that she had made it through the surgery. She had had a large, full-term, dead puppy in the birth canal and another dead puppy still in her that they said had been there a while. He said the smell was putrid, they had gotten all of this out of her, including spaying her. She was resting comfortably. We felt so encouraged that she had made it through this far.

We brought this precious girl back to Chain of Hope a couple of days later and named her Stella.  The bill for her emergency surgery and care was over $3300. She began her recovery and her long road back.

The man who had found Stella told us that his mom had seen this dog on her way home. She told him about it and asked if he could go back and try to find it. He told me that he had gone back to the spot and driven back and forth for quite a while. He said he’d about given up and was ready to go home when he suddenly saw her, curled up in a ball on the side of the road. He said he thought she was dead. When he got out and started toward her, she slowly got up and tried to move away from him, but she was so weak and is such horrible shape, he was able to just pick her up and carry her to his car.

Thank God he saw her at the last minute. I have no doubt and the medical staff had no doubt that had the man not found Stella when he did, she never would have made it through the night. He took action and it saved Stella’s life.

Chain of Hope responds to injured and ill animals in the inner city of Kansas City, MO. We are only able to respond to cases like Stella’s because of the support that we receive from our faithful donors. Thank you for helping us save many, many lives.    
Stella made it!
Stella made it!
Recovering at Chain of Hope
Recovering at Chain of Hope
Stella is putting on weight!
Stella is putting on weight!
Stella has thrived at Chain of Hope!
Stella has thrived at Chain of Hope!
Beautiful Stella today-happy and healthy!
Beautiful Stella today-happy and healthy!
 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.