End animal suffering in KCMO urban core

by Chain of Hope KC
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End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
End animal suffering in KCMO urban core
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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This man's dog was suffering with skin issues.
This man's dog was suffering with skin issues.

The transformation of a neglected animal from sick, depressed, injured, scared and miserable to happy, confident, full of joy, and healthy is a beautiful thing to watch. So many animals would not be alive today if it weren't for Chain of Hope and our donors. We receive about 25 calls a day. Several of them are regarding medical issues, emergencies and trauma. Many of these animals are hit by a car, attacked by another dog, or are very ill with parasites, parvo, intestinal obstructions, broken bones or possibly even facing the end of their life. 

Chain of Hope assists low income citizens with caring for their animals and that includes numerous elderly pet owners. Often times, their pet is their only friend, their constant companion and their world. Many of these pet owners have very little or no money and most of them have no transportation. Chain of Hope is the only organization in town that will routinely pick up animals in the urban core that are injured, ill, or need to be euthanized. and take them to the vet at no cost to the senior citizen.

Our goal is to keep as many pets in their homes with their people as we can. Sometimes, owners just need a little help with a bag of dog food once a month or flea prevention for their pets. Other times, there are more major issues that require veterinary intervention. People with no resources did not have anywhere to turn when their pet was suffering at home. Now, citizens know that they can call Chain of Hope and we will help them if their pet is requiring veterinary care. Chain of Hope is their safety net and the safety net for their animal as well.

Many elderly pet owners tell us that if it wasn't for Chain of Hope, they would no longer be able to keep their beloved animal with them. They also tell us that their pet means the world to them and we know that. They love their pets as much as you and I love our pets, but many have fallen on hard times or are trying to live on their Social Security. It's difficult for them, but it's critically important that they can keep their pet with them and not have to give it up. Not only does their pet give them something to nurture and care for, it brings so much joy into their lives, along with affection, company, and stimulation. So many of our elderly would be leading very lonely lives without their treasured animals. The emotional connection with an animal enriches our seniors' lives ten-fold.

Chain of Hope is happy to be so dedicated to providing medical care for our senior citizens' animals and helping them keep their animal to love and cherish in their golden years. Thank you for helping us to be able to provide this important and necessary service. 

This pet owner is ill and we help her.
This pet owner is ill and we help her.
Senior citizen with her outdoor dog.
Senior citizen with her outdoor dog.
The lady and her dog had broken legs.
The lady and her dog had broken legs.
We helped her every summer with grooming.
We helped her every summer with grooming.
His dog had a gash we helped with.
His dog had a gash we helped with.
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A new dog house for Midnight!
A new dog house for Midnight!

Education

Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Chain of Hope receives about 30 calls a day from people in the urban core of Kansas City, MO asking for help with their animals. We respond with supplies, resources, free spay and neuters and most importantly, education.

Education is key. The majority of our clients have outdoor dogs. Many of them live on chains in the back yard. They are first and foremost there to be a guard dog-to let them know when someone is around. We teach the owners things like their pet's need for socialization, interaction and stimulation. These are things that most of our clients have never thought about. We are changing an entire mindset. It's easy to chain your dog to a tree if that's what your parents did and that is what you know. We bring forth new ideas for people to consider as far as relating to and caring for their pets. These animals are much more than property. Once Chain of Hope is involved educating and explaining more of what their pet needs, that life improves for that animal. Change comes slowly, but it does come.  

We teach pet owners how to control the flies and the fleas in the summer that can leave their pet bleeding and hairless. We teach them that even though their dog is outside in the winter, they need a good, insulated dog house, out of the wind, with straw or hay for bedding and warmth. We give out free straw all winter long. We teach pet owners that instead of a heavy tow chain looped around their dog's neck, their pet needs to have a good fitting collar and a strong, but much lighter weight tie out cable. We also provide these free of charge to pet owners.

Our goal is always to improve that animal's life. There are hundreds of chained animals in KCMO and we can't possibly make all of them become indoor dogs. Some people are just not going to do it. What we can do is provide supplies and education. By educating the pet owners and checking back with them periodically to make sure things continue to go well, we drastically improve that animal's life. By educating and providing assistance, we have had many people take their dogs from being chained to a tree otuside and bring them inside with the family, That is the success of our program and always the goal!

Educating this family about their dog.
Educating this family about their dog.
Replacing an inadequate dog house.
Replacing an inadequate dog house.
Owner surrendered this old dog to us! Outta here!
Owner surrendered this old dog to us! Outta here!
Teaching kids-no need for heavy chain!
Teaching kids-no need for heavy chain!
Collar and cable, instead of chains!
Collar and cable, instead of chains!
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Patton in his yard.
Patton in his yard.

perseverance  [pur-suh-veer-uh ns] noun.  Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement…

We received a call from a man saying his dog was really sick. From what he described it sounded like it could be parvo. 

OUR COURSE OF ACTION.....get there, there was no time to waste. 

When we first saw Patton, he was laying in the dirt, tied up with a leash. He had flies all over him, he was dirty and he looked very ill. He had thrown up in his water bowl. His eyes were hollow.....he looked so sad, like he had given up.  The man had gotten this dog from someone in the neighborhood.  Said he was fine the first day, then stopped eating.  He was now very ill.  Having no resources to provide care for this dog, he relinquished Patton to Chain of Hope. 

Our PURPOSE...end suffering.  The STATE....dire.  We rushed to the emergency vet. 

We were right, he  tested positive for parvo. Patton was treated, and we left with what seemed a small pharmacy.  Full of meds to help him fight,  we got him settled in at Chain of Hope in a soft clean bed, continued to give him fluids, made sure he had food and clean water, and let him rest.  We felt hopeful that we could turn this around.  He had something to fight for and we were fighting, praying, right along side him.   Thinking he was about two years old, we hoped he was big enough and just strong enough to recover.  We are usually treating parvo in small vulnerable puppies.  A fighter he was, and for a brief time we felt he would pull through.  He rallied enough to feel the love of caring devoted people around him, making sure that if it were his last moments, it would be the best he ever knew. 

And it was.

We face DIFFICULTIES...OBSTACLES....DISCOURAGEMENT....every....single.....day.  We PERSEVERE so that Patton did not leave this earth in the dirt, cold, suffering and alone.  He left this earth in comfort, knowing love and compassion.  We PERSEVERE because we know there are more out there....our PURPOSE...to end suffering.   

Your support makes it possible and we thank you.

headed to the vet
headed to the vet
warm...loved...at peace...
warm...loved...at peace...
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Mabel, age 10
Mabel, age 10

Many dogs come through our program. For every one there are a dozen more waiting for the chance to start a new life.  Many we find sooner than later, while they are still young enough to have a full  life in a healthy loving home, nearly 100 so far this year alone.   But some come to us late in life, after years of neglect and isolation, a myriad of health issues, some that can be addressed and some that are too late.  Reggie was finally relinquished at age 14 in the dead of winter, after his entire life 24/7 on the end of a chain in the back of a yard.  Heart worm positive and having never been neutered, we hoped he would last even 6 months with us.  He chose to live the good life for another 2 years! 

These old dogs define resilience.  Though some do find an angel to take them into their home for their final days, months, or years, we take them in knowing they may very well finish their walk with us.  And in so doing, we honor their needs, their quirks, always with the committment to make them as comfortable as possible.  So.... we always left a small trash can in the middle of the room for Reggie so he would pee on that instead of the walls.  And volunteers brought in satin balls  to put some weight on Tracker, or make chicken and rice when Pearl isn't feeling well.   We smile when Mabel snags left over pizza from the bottom shelf of the fridge. 

Abby, at age 9,  is the youngest of our current senior pack, with us for 4 and a half years now.  She still feels safest in the security of her crate but will come to a familiar comforting voice or hand.  She loves puppies, and welcomes them in for a nap and even takes a romp or two with them in the yard.   Tracker, at age 15, is still quite the ladies man, surrounding himself with the gals for afternoon naps on the kitchen floor. Cubby was rescued just a short while ago and was able to stay with us just long enough to feel the love and warmth of people, a soft bed, cool water and nurishing food. 

So whether it be a day, a month, or years, we mirror their resilience and make sure they know their value, their worth in a world that was so desperately unkind.  Our hearts break in letting them go, nearly hardended by the injustice and suffering they endured, but we head out the next day, and the next...because we know there are more. 

Your support makes that possible, and for that we are eternally grateful. 

Tracker and Pearl, age 15
Tracker and Pearl, age 15
Abby, age 9
Abby, age 9
Tracker, Mabel and Pearl
Tracker, Mabel and Pearl
Cubby, 14, in her final moments
Cubby, 14, in her final moments
Reggie...we miss you so....
Reggie...we miss you so....
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Location: Raytown, MO - USA
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