Two dogs named Mama and Oreo were rescued from a terrible situation by a kind elderly neighbor. Though they now had love and food, they were tied up when outside due to their rescuer’s financial situation.
Thankfully, a non-profit called Coalition to Unchain Dogs was able to step in and donate the time and materials needed to build a proper fenced yard for the dogs. Their reward? The priceless joy of watching Oreo and Mama frolic and play in their new digs.
The coalition does so much more than build fences. The organization also provides a shade or shelter for summer, and straw for warmth in the winter, free spay and neuter services, and follows up twice a year with each dog to ensure everything is going well for them. They have programs to help owners make pet deposits when renting a new home, and finance vet visits in emergencies.
Six out of ten U.S. households include at least one pet, and one in six Americans lives in poverty. If you do the math, that means there are numerous pets living in poverty as well – pets that, just like their owners, don’t have ready access to important services and supplies.
Based in Durham, North Carolina, the organization strives to educate pet owners and improve the lives of dogs in a non-judgmental way, building trust in the communities they serve. Follow the coalition on Facebook to learn more about this amazing non-profit.