Facts about Dog Chaining:
(adapted from HSUS website)
1. Chaining and/or tethering is considered an inhumane form of confinement by every reputable dog organization in the US including the AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association.
2. Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.
In many cases, the necks of chained dogs become raw and covered with sores, the result of improperly fitted collars and the dogs' constant yanking and straining to escape confinement. Dogs have even been found with collars embedded in their necks, the result of years of neglect at the end of a chain.
3. Dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory.
Numerous attacks on people by tethered dogs have been documented. Tragically, the victims of such attacks are often children who are unaware of the chained dog's presence until it is too late. Furthermore, a tethered dog who finally does get loose from his chains may remain aggressive, and is likely to chase and attack unsuspecting passersby and pets. Chained dogs are 3 times more likely to bite.
4. In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and, in the worst cases, attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights. Finally, dogs' tethers can become entangled with other objects, which can choke or strangle the dogs to death.
5. Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. What's more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection. Tethered dogs may become "part of the scenery" and can be easily ignored by their owners.
6.Chained dogs have to eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in a single confined area. Owners who chains their dogs are also less likely to clean the area. Although there may have once been grass in an area of confinement, it is usually so beaten down by the dog's pacing that the ground consists of nothing but dirt or mud.
What does the Chain-Off Program do?
We help pet owners get their dogs off chains by providing fence assistance in the form of supplies and labor. To apply for assistance please download our Chain-Off Application below. To get involved, please click here to donate supplies or labor. This link goes directly to our Executive Director's email.
To donate money please click here to visit our Donate Page. We have many wonderful programs that rely on funding to help animals in our community.
Applications may be returned to our clinic any Tuesday or Wednesday from 10am-2pm, mailed to PO Box 4669 Wichita Falls TX 76308, or emailed to Applications may be returned to our clinic any Tuesday or Wednesday from 10am-2pm, mailed to PO Box 4669 Wichita Falls TX 76308, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before downloading the application please read the following guidelines:
1. All pets in the household must be spayed or neutered to qualify for assistance. This includes pets not kept on chains. We recommend you alter your pets prior to applying or have appointment to do so. We have many financial assistance programs to help you with the cost of surgery. You do not have to pay anything if you can not afford to do so.
2. If you rent your property, we must have permission from your landlord to make changes to your fencing.
3. Income requirements will be necessary. Be prepared to submit a copy of your most recent Federal Tax Statement with your application.
4. For the protection of our volunteers, all animals on site must be current on rabies. Please ensure your animals are vaccinated prior to completing the application. Rabies can be obtained at the PETS clinic any Tuesday or Wednesday 10-2.