Friday, January 25, 2013

Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week


We interrupt our Fun Finds Fridays to tell you about a noteworthy project aimed at helping the plight of chained dogs in the U.S., Canada and England.


The nonprofit organization Dogs Deserve Better sponsors
National Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week each year,
and it runs during the week leading up to Valentine's Day: February 7-14.

We're taking this opportunity to spotlight it a few weeks in advance so that you'll have the info you need if you decide you want to participate.



Here is the press release from dogsdeservebetter.org:



Join us February 7-14th for Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week

OUR GOAL in our 11th Anniversary Season is to mail valentines to 
20,000 CHAINED or PENNED DOGS. 

We are striving to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs in a positive way...by delivering Valentines, a brochure and a treat coupon to dogs living outside all over the U.S. and into other countries where we have representation, such as Canada and England. 

Here's where you come in: 

1. Make Valentines. 

Teachers, Students, Scout Leaders, Group Leaders, Individuals - please make Valentines! 
Please note: Sizes should be no bigger than 4"x8.5" so they can fit in a mailing envelope.  

We're asking you to stress quality over quantity this year...we'd rather have 18,000 awesome valentines that REALLY hit home with dog caretakers. The valentines can say anything along the lines of 'Bring us into the home and family.' 

Mail them to us by February 5th at 1915 Moonlight Rd., Smithfield, VA 23430. 

2. Mail Coupons for Free or Reduced Cost Treats or Dogfood. 

Last year we did not have enough treat coupons to fill all the Valentines. Can you help us out this year by mailing any and all treat or dogfood coupons you have to us at 1915 Moonlight Rd., Smithfield, VA 23430? 

Please make sure their expiration dates are after February 20th. 

3. Send addresses for Chained or Penned Dogs. 

This is so CRUCIAL! Please, take the time to find out the address of that chained or penned dog near you, even though it takes a little time...

To make our goal, we need to mail Valentines to at least 20,000 dogs. Send addresses via mail, call 757-357-9292 to report addresses, e-mail them to info@dogsdeservebetter.org. or fill out our form on our website (this is the preferred method - please click here).
You remain anonymous!


We're impressed with Dogs Deserve Better and give them four enthusiastic paws WAY up for their dedicated efforts to help the plight of chained dogs!


22 comments:

  1. This is an wonderful idea and I wish I could participate...I don't have any coupons to send and in my city dogs are not permitted to be chained outside. I will share your post so others can learn of this

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  2. This is lovely of you to share this with us all. We don't have any coupons like Gizmo. Have a wonderful Furiday xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  3. Great cause. Truthfully we don't see many chained dogs here but I suppose there are some. Either way if they help educate and raise awareness and stop the practice good on them. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Great cause! Many years ago our peeps rescued 2 chained dogs, sisters they were, and they were the best house dogs ever!

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  5. Thank you for promoting this cause. Is there anyplace we can send donations? Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

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    1. We're guessing they'd probably be able to tell you how if you emailed them at info@dogsdeservebetter.org! Thanks so much for asking!!

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  6. What a wonderful cause. Our opposite neighbor's dog is kept on a short chain all day. He used to be an indoor dog but his owners won't neuter him and shut him out because he sprays. Jeez.

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  7. What a great cause...we'd never heard of it.
    Can we mail valentines without coupons?
    : )

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    1. oh YES! You can do any of the listed things - valentines, coupons, send addresses.

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  8. That is a really wonderful cause. Thank you for sharing it with all of us! We're going to go look for some coupons now!

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    1. oh THANK you! We know how much they will appreciate them!

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  9. What an awesome cause! We would like to make some valentines. It won't be many but every one helps.

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  10. what an amazing idea....we will keep our eyes open for coupons and maybe make a couple of valentines as well. thanks for letting us know

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much for helping out! We know it'll mean so much to the organizersof this great endeavor!

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  11. ok, I remember this from last year, let us figure how to pawticipate...great info BTW!! Savannah

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  12. Whoa! When the peeps were in their old house, there was a chained dog in someone's back yard. TW kept threatening to call the cops but never did. This sounds like a super thing to do. We get plenty of coupons.

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  13. (Fortunately) we do not know any doggies like this and we don't have treat coupons, but we went to their website and donated a few green papers. Even if they are woofies, this makes us real sad to think about.

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  14. ok, I took Spitty's lead...just donated some green paper too. I don't get coupons ever and no woofies chained in my area. I only know woofies who have to live outside like all the time, not chained, just never allowed inside the house. I guess that is not mistreating them if they have a nice warm dog house and blankie and are fed well. Still seem a shame that they never know what it is like to sleep on the floor at their Guardian's feet and watch TV...bummer

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  15. We is lucky, there is no chained dogs in our village, but wes donated today at the local pound.
    Kisses
    Nellie

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