Coalition to Unchain Dogs (USA)

In the UK the majority of dogs live indoors with their human pack, but thousands in the USA aren't so lucky.  The mission of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs is to improve the welfare of dogs living continuously chained outdoors by providing free spay/neuter, vaccinations, and fences, while bolstering connections between these dogs and their human companions through non-judgmental assistance and education designed to raise general community expectations regarding the standards of care for these dogs.

The Issue: Harmful Effects of Tethering Dogs
The Humane Society of the United States and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have declared that tethering dogs is inhumane, significantly restricts their movement, and can potentially cause injury. Being naturally social animals, dogs experience psychological damage when confined to one spot for extended periods of time, causing anxiety, neurosis, and often aggression. Physically, chains and poorly fitting collars can lead to sores from the dogs' constant attempts to yank themselves free.


The Campaign: Building Fences to Unchain Dogs

Volunteers search local neighbourhood for dogs stuck on chains and speak to families about Coalition to Unchain Dog’s mission. If owners agree to have a fence built, volunteers will transport dogs to receive vaccinations and spay or neuter treatments. A build date is then planned, in which approximately 10–30 volunteers gather to build the fence at an agreed-on area of the yard. Volunteers put in T-posts, measure and cut wire, and apply ground wire to prevent dogs from digging out. The fences usually stand 5-feet tall and can include tarps or straw to keep dogs cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Volunteers also supply doghouses when needed.

To make a donation to this wonderful cause, or to sponsor a fence, spay/neuter or vaccination, please visit Coalition to Unchain Dogs