Dec 6, 2018

Teenie, Finally Off of the Chain!

Teenie had lived on her chain for 3 yrs.
Teenie had lived on her chain for 3 yrs.

Teenie, Finally Off of the Chain!

 

One of the most rewarding things about Chain of Hope’s difficult work is to finally get a dog off of a chain that they’ve been living on for years and finally giving them their freedom. That is exactly what happened to Teenie and this is her story.

About 2 yrs. ago, Chain of Hope spotted a large, female, mastiff/bulldog mix chained to the fence with only a camper shell for her shelter. We knocked on the door and met the owners, an older couple. We found out that this dog, who they called Queenie, never came in the house-she had been out there on her chain for 3 yrs! She was at a pretty good body weight and was already spayed, so those were the positives about this situation.

The older man that lived there was her primary care taker. The dog was chained on the side of the house. The man was always out puttering around outside. As sad and lonely as her life was, he made sure she had clean water and food, but obviously not adequate shelter. We took her a large igloo, straw, and a tie-out cable to get her off of her heavy chain.

We stopped by periodically to check up on her, but never really got up close to her. The owner always took the straw and put it in her house and took the food from us, etc. She would bark at us and she was huge, and we never really knew if she would accept us. We didn’t stop here very often because the guy did a pretty good job and there were always more dogs chained to fences and trees that desperately needed us.

We stopped in not long ago to check on Queenie and thank God that we did because she did not look very good at all. Her tie-out cable was tangled in the fencing, she had a mess of broken cable tie-outs around her neck, she had nothing in her dog house at all, we could see all of her ribs and she looked sadder that we’d ever seen her.

We went to the door and talked with the woman. She told us that her husband had had a stroke and was in a rehabilitation facility. She said that she could not take care of their dog and asked us if we could take her. We immediately said yes and loaded Queenie up to take her to Chain of Hope.

Finally, this precious girl was off her chain after 3 yrs. of continuous restraint. Her new life could begin and she could now know joy, love and companionship. She could now know what it’s like to run free in a fenced yard without a big chain holding her back and pulling at her neck. She could stretch her legs and run free, she could discover toys and the joy of playing with other dogs. She could now know the assurance of a big hug, the warmth of a soft bed inside when the snow is blowing and the peace that she is now going to be totally cared for and loved.

Chain of Hope has made this happen for hundreds of dogs that have been chained and suffering over the years.  We are only able to accomplish these difficult rescues because of our supporters that keep us out there. You have our sincere appreciation. Please keep donating so that our outreach teams can continue getting out there finding dogs just like Teenie and changing their lives. 

Teenie's life was lonely and sad.
Teenie's life was lonely and sad.
Getting a leash on-ready to leave this place.
Getting a leash on-ready to leave this place.
Teenie loves having her belly rubbed!
Teenie loves having her belly rubbed!
Teenie is happy now and much loved!
Teenie is happy now and much loved!
Teenie's entire life has changed for the better!
Teenie's entire life has changed for the better!
Sep 10, 2018

Off the Chain!

Cutting Harley's chain off of the tree. Free now!
Cutting Harley's chain off of the tree. Free now!

"Never, never be afraid to do what is right, especially if the well being of a person or animal is at stake."

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Chain of Hope knows that it is not right to keep a dog chained to a tree or fence in the back yard and ignore it. Dogs come from the wolf family, who live in packs. They are social creatures. One of the cruelest things someone can do to their dog is to chain it to a tree or fence, far back in the yard, alone. These are the dogs that Chain of Hope seeks out and actively looks for in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. We find plenty.

We are out in the community 6 days a week, speaking with pet owners and educating them on the care of their pets. We are trying to change a mindset because people do what their parents showed them or taught them to do. If your parents chained their pit bull to the tree in the back yard, then you are probably going to do the same thing unless someone intervenes and educates you on a better way. That is what Chain of Hope strives for every single day in the inner city-to get people to recognize that their dog or cat is a living, feeling being who faces loneliness, fear and pain. They are not a piece of property in the yard, like a bird bath or a clothes line!

Freeing a dog from a tow chain is the best feeling in the world. They are finally free. It is incredibly bittersweet when we get an older dog off of their chain that may have lived there, around that tree, for 10 years or more. Never off the chain. Out there when it's a wind chill of -15 degrees and when the heat index is 110 degrees. Now finally free, they are sometimes scared, but oh so grateful. They come alive when they come off that chain. Thank you for enabling Chain of Hope to gain an animal's freedom many times during the year, year after year.

Enjoy some of our before and after pictures of just a few of the dogs that we have rescued off their chains. We do make a difference every day. Thanks for keeping us out there!

Harley, after the chain, getting some love!
Harley, after the chain, getting some love!
Oakley, heavy chain around neck, ignored.
Oakley, heavy chain around neck, ignored.
Oakley, off the chain, relaxing at Chain of Hope.
Oakley, off the chain, relaxing at Chain of Hope.
Lorenzo, tied to a tree and starving.
Lorenzo, tied to a tree and starving.
Lorenzo, happy and healthy these days!
Lorenzo, happy and healthy these days!
Jun 12, 2018

Trapping Saves Animals' Lives!

These puppies were hiding in the bushes, scared.
These puppies were hiding in the bushes, scared.

Chain of Hope is out in the community 6 days a week, helping low income pet owners with their animals. Many of our calls are about stray animals, animals left behind when someone moves, animals that are injured and scared or animals that have been dumped. Many of these animals are very frightened, don't know who to trust and they hide somewhere where they feel safe.  

It can be challenging to capture these animals so that we can provide them the love and care that they need. Oftentimes, we must set a trap for them-it's the only way to finally save them. Over the years, Chain of Hope has trapped and saved numerous animals that otherwise would maybe die alone, get hit by a car, attacked by other animals, starve to death, etc. There are so many bad things that can happen to an animal left on it's own to try and survive.

Chain of Hope has been in the community for over 8 years. Our traps have been put to the test and they are old and breaking down. They have taken a beating from trapped animals that did not want to be in the trap and were destructive. We repair them as we go. Every time that we set a trap, we hope that it will still work because that means that an animal that desperately needs our help can be rescued. Traps are a very necessary piece of equipment that we must have at our disposal when needed. We have saved mommas with litters of puppies when mommas are hunkered down and hiding in the woods, for example. We've trapped animals with broken legs, embedded collars, mange and a varity of other issues that otherwise would not have received help. 

We also have a spay/neuter program for feral cats and they must be trapped in order to get them to the vet and have them altered. This is so very importnat to try and get on top of the massive overpopulation of feral cats in our community. Our cat traps have been repaired and are very old.

It has come time to replace our traps. They are not cheap, but are so necessary to save lives and truly make a difference for the animals in our city. A large, heavy duty, good quality dog trap averages around $300. Medium sized dog traps run around $200 and cat traps run about $75 each. We would like to raise $1,000 to be able to purchase 2 new large dog traps, a medium sized dog trap and several cat traps. We invite you to help us raise the funds for these traps so that Chain of Hope can continue saving lives in the inner city.

When there's no other way to save an animal except trapping it, Chain of Hope puts a lot of time and effort into setting traps, watching them and then finally transporting that animal to a veterinarian. Traps really are life savers!

We helped KC Fire Dept. by trapping this pit bull.
We helped KC Fire Dept. by trapping this pit bull.
We were able to rescue these 2 pups under a house.
We were able to rescue these 2 pups under a house.
This little one was dumped in a parking lot.
This little one was dumped in a parking lot.
This sick momma dog had a litter under the house.
This sick momma dog had a litter under the house.
This Bull mastiff had a severely embedded collar.
This Bull mastiff had a severely embedded collar.
 
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