Dogs Deserve Better is based in Smithfield, Virginia where they have opened the Good Newz Rehab Center for chained and penned dogs. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to freeing chained dogs, and bringing man’s best friend into the home and family. The mission statement of Dogs Deserve Better is to free dogs through education, rescue and rehabilitation, grass-roots legislation and fencing programs.
The organisation advocates that chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but has taken a severe toll on the USA’s children as well. In the period from October 2003 through today, there were at least 371 children killed or seriously injured by chained dogs across the country. The Dog Express’s article on unchaining dogs described the effects tethering can have on a dogs behaviour and mental state, including how territorial dogs will become of the small space in which they are confined and also become de-socialised and void of human contact and socialisation skills.
As with all non-profit organisations, Dogs Deserve Better are always in desperate need of volunteers and there are numerous ways that the general public can help. A few of the vacancies that always need volunteer help are:-
- Administrative - Help with occasional clerical duties or special projects that can be done at home
- Fundraisers - If you are a fundraiser, grant writer, special events planner, or development/major gifts officer, DDB would like you to consider using your contacts to raise funds for them
- Vet Care and Advice - Vet care is expensive and dogs rescued from the chain often need a lot of it! De-worming, shots, neutering and spaying, micro-chipping and taking care of wounds received from being outside 24/7 are just some of the vet services that DDB need donated
- Home Visits - DDB are always looking for volunteers to help with foster and adoption home visits and to screen applications
- Phone Calls – DDB need people to make phone calls for various projects, such as special campaigns, legislative, media, corporate sponsors, donor “thank you’s”, etc
If you want to help by donating some cash, why not visit the Dogs Deserve Better online store where you can treat yourself to a range of DDB gifts and products.