lived chained to this 'shiny new doghouse' in PA, but was still
very sad and lonely, which is why sponsoring
a doghouse is NOT the answer. Bear's family received
our information via mail. Six months later they decided chaining
to give him up to rescue.
strongly believes that national groups should not provide doghouses
for those who chain their dogs. We have stood against Noah's Wish
and the Today Show in this, and we are now standing against Peta.
Please do not confuse this stance with a hatred for or opposition
to these groups and their work as a whole. We admire other organizations
who fight daily for the animals. We must, however, stand against
ANY program that is providing doghouses to those who chain their
dogs. Dogs Deserve Better's mission is to get dogs OFF CHAINS and
into the home and family. Everything we do and everything we stand
for must be in alignment with this higher purpose. This is why we
work to ENFORCE already existing shelter laws for dogs, and promote
freedom for dogs in the form of a fenced yard and life within the
in most states, counties, and cities require shelter. Therefore,
we as groups and citizens have to make sure these laws are being
enforced, thereby requiring the dog chainer to buy his OWN doghouse.
We should not buy it for him, sending the message that we agree
with leaving his dog chained outside for life.
Deserve Better's Open Letter to Peta:
Deserve Better is asking Peta to STOP Building Doghouses and asks
Animal Lovers to Sponsor a Fence instead!
Campaign Entitled "Sponsor Shelter for a Needy Dog" sounds
innocuous enough, but will damage both Peta's and Dogs Deserve Better's
campaigns to stop chaining of dogs.
program enables the chainer to continue the chaining lifestyle,
apparently now with the blessings of Peta. It also enables them
to chain not only this dog but all future dogs
to their new doghouse. Lastly, Peta, by providing this house, could
be keeping children in danger, as the dog remains
unsocialized and angry despite his new doghouse, still able
to reach any child wandering into his territory. See http://www.mothersagainstdogchaining.org/dolanmiller.html
for photos of a child lucky enough to survive such an attack.
their site page http://www.angel4animals.com/indexn.asp,
Peta states they have built and delivered 571 doghouses
"IN POOR COMMUNITIES NEAR THEIR NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS."
571 new doghouses handed out in what is likely a two-hour radius
near Norfolk Virginia and nearby North Carolina.
much education would that have paid for?
their estimated cost per doghouse of $205, they spent $117,055
building doghouses last year. At a conservative estimate
of $500 per billboard, that would have paid for 234 educational
billboards for that area in ONE year. This would have literally
saturated the area with education, and the repeated message would
have convinced more than 571 people to never chain their dog again.
That would have been $117,055 well spent.
much spay/neuter would that have paid for?
again, given the estimated $117,055, at a clinic cost of $50 each,
they could have spay/neutered 2341 dogs in a small
area. In one year, who would be left to chain?
much fencing would that have paid for?
Deserve Better provides fencing at $150.00 per fence, getting
dogs off chains and keeping children safer. This same amount would
have fenced 780 yards, allowing even multiple dog
families to be together and no longer isolated.
far this year, at least 337 doghouses have been sponsored
since their e-mail went out, by kind people who only think they're
helping. That's $69,085 dollars, buying 138 educational
billboards, 1381 spay/neuters, or 460 fences.
Deserve Better provides fencing help at $150.00 worth of welded
wire fencing from Lowe's or Home Depot for anyone agreeing to bring
their dog into the home to live. If there is more than
one dog, the fencing is provided even if the dogs aren't brought
into the home to live, so they can at least play together, live
together, and sleep as a pack at night. Doesn't that sound like
a better way to spend your money? This money is available as fencing
help for any dog nationwide and in Canada as long as funds permit.
sponsor fencing and not doghouses; force caretakers to provide their
don't buy puppymillers new cages. We don't buy pig farmers new gestation
crates. We don't buy puppies from pet stores. And
we don't supply dog chainers with doghouses. Write
Peta today at firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask them to ask them to 1. Force officials to enforce
shelter laws (it is up to US to make sure laws are enforced by not
allowing officials to ignore them) and 2. Stop building houses,
build fences, spay/neuter, or educate instead.
Tammy S. Grimes, Founder, Dogs Deserve Better
help provides fencing to dogs like Black, in Atlanta, Georgia, first
chained and then showing off in his new fenced yard, enjoying his
Fencing Success Story
a pet dog trainer (clicker style) and a board member for Pet
Pet Helpers, Inc mission statement is; helping people help pets.
We do low cost S/N programs for low income families, community Ed
and awareness, promote adoptions and assist other rescue groups
and orgs. We are a very small group that started meeting one year
ago. However my four legged family and I have been doing Ed programs
in Western OK for four years now. We believe it takes all of us
working together to make a difference.
you and DDB are my heroes: without you small groups like Pet Helpers
wouldn't be able to help. About three months ago a family called
my dog training business asking for help with an aggressive dog.
For this issue I like private lessons in the home, where I can see
as much as possible what's going on. Snicker's a big beautiful Newfoundland
mix; history had nipped 3 people and one very serious bite to dad.
The serious bite to dad was under distress. They came home to find
Snicker's tangled up in his chain. The chain was wrapped around
Snicker's and a post; he was wrapped up so tight his front legs
couldn't reach the ground. Well in the process of trying to free
him, dad was bitten; very bad about 50 stitches were needed.
I arrived at the house, I found Snicker's and Scout (Border Collie)
chained with a pickup topper/shell for shelter, plenty of food and
fresh water. Snickers and Scout both allowed me to approach and
pet them. Meeting the family was another thing; Dad, Mom, three
kids, grandpa one small house dog (Pixy) and I believe three cats.
The family has just moved here from TX, all adjusting to the change.
I walked in the house the first thing I heard was "Snickers
is my dog, if he bites you, are you going to make us kill him?"
What a thing for an 8 to 10 yr old boy to worry about! I told him
No, I was here to see if I could help him not hurt him. I've been
working with them every week now, they are all doing great Snickers
and Scout are now in the house with the family, learning good house
manners. Snickers is much calmer now. Thanks to DDB a very nice
fence has been put up for nice outside romps.Without DDB this wouldn't
have turned out this way! Thank you so much!"
Pet Helpers, Inc.
Waggin Tails Dog Training
Take Phone Orders at 1.877.636.1408
I want to Sponsor a Fence
can't Sponsor an entire Fence,
but I want to Contribute to this Cause!
can now accept donations over the phone
using a major credit card at 1.877.636.1408.
you prefer to sponsor by mail, send check or money order to P.O.
Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684, making sure to let us know quantities
and shipping info.
you would like to receive fencing help,
please call us at 1.877.636.1408 so we can get you started.