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Coalition to Unchain Dogs is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to making the chaining of dogs a thing of the past. We work toward this goal by:
- Building free fences for people who chain their dogs.
- Informing the community about the detrimental effects of chaining on both the dog and the community.
- Helping groups around the country to start free-fencing programs and to lobby for legislation to help chained dogs.
- Lobbying for legislation which disallows or severely restricts tethering of dogs.
The Coalition has been building free fences for dogs in the North Carolina since March of 2007, providing free spay/neuter for every dog we build a fence for. In April, 2011, we freed our 1,000th dog from life on a chain, and we have inspired the formation of similar fence-building groups all over the country.
Building free fences is a very effective and gratifying way to help large numbers of chained dogs. We regularly witness dogs who are depressed and stressed on their chains become relaxed and playful when they are released into their newly fenced yards. Relationships between the dogs and their owners are enhanced once they have a space in which to enjoy each other’s company. Due in large part to the immense satisfaction that comes from such tangible results, we have grown from a handful of volunteers to well over 100 volunteers who regularly contribute time doing everything it takes to get the chained dogs sterilized and off of their chains.
We currently have Coalition Chapters located in Durham, Raleigh, Orange County, Charlotte and Atlanta.
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