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Old 01-11-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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Coalition to Unchain Dogs

This organization was on TV this morning. It's a Durham-based non-profit that builds fences for dogs whose owners can't afford to.

If you're looking for some volunteer work, or if you love dogs, . . .
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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Thank you so much for posting this! I might just get involved. I have no idea of how to build a fence...but hey, I could learn, or at least carry some wood ?
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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Wow, this sounds exceptionally poorly thought out.

Many dogs are chained because they escape fences. The one they built looks exceptionally easy to escape unless they buried part of the metal mesh and didn't show it on the video I watched. Also, the small fenced area is NOT enough for the dogs to exercise properly, and I don't see any mention of them stressing the importance of proper exercise with the owners. The German shepherd they showed was calm enough to easily live in the house with anyone if they gave the dog a small amount of exercise. Now they are encouraging people to half abandon their dogs by leaving them in the yard.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Previously, the dogs were on short chains 24/7. That's now illegal.

Without the fences, the only option is for the owners to place their dogs in high-kill shelters. Dog overpopulation in NC is a huge problem. Beautiful, perfect, loving dogs and puppies are put down every day.

The volunteers are doing the best they can and should be commended.

They are not encouraging them to "abandon" their dogs in the yard. The dogs were always in the yards.

Much has to be done to educate people in getting their pets spayed or neutered.

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Wow, this sounds exceptionally poorly thought out.

Many dogs are chained because they escape fences. The one they built looks exceptionally easy to escape unless they buried part of the metal mesh and didn't show it on the video I watched. Also, the small fenced area is NOT enough for the dogs to exercise properly, and I don't see any mention of them stressing the importance of proper exercise with the owners. The German shepherd they showed was calm enough to easily live in the house with anyone if they gave the dog a small amount of exercise. Now they are encouraging people to half abandon their dogs by leaving them in the yard.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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Now they are encouraging people to half abandon their dogs by leaving them in the yard.
Not quite! They are trying to give these poor, already abandoned (on a chain) dogs some modicum of freedom. It never ceases to amaze me how some people will look for solutions to a problem and put them into action, while others sit on their couch looking for the negative in everything.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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I guess I'm jaded because I only owned pets when I could afford to take care of them, and have made sacrifices to provide them with the best quality of life. My hope is that when these dogs die they are not replaced with another.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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I guess I'm jaded because I only owned pets when I could afford to take care of them, and have made sacrifices to provide them with the best quality of life. My hope is that when these dogs die they are not replaced with another.
I wholeheartedly agree with you there, lupus!
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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Lupus.... in a perfect world, that would be the case. Like you, I have always made sure all my pets are comfortable, safe and well cared for. But until we have that perfect world, this organization is doing great work, providing these animals with a safe enclosure, keeping other predators away and removing them from the discomfort and potential danger from being chained. I applaud their efforts.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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They also pay for the dogs to be neutered and vaccinated.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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The bad part is that because they have the enclosure, these people are more likely to get another dog when theirs passes away. That's why I can't support it. And being uneducated, these people will probably buy from puppy mills or backyard breeders, which is exactly what we need to avoid.
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