Pawmetto Lifeline is initiating a new program called Unchain Midlands that will improve the welfare of dogs who are continuously living outdoors on a chain by offering free fencing and dog-houses for pet owners in need.
There are pet owners living in our community who are unable to financially provide shelter and security, other than tethering, for their pet or who may not realize the negative repercussions of continuous tethering or chaining of a dog. Continuous tethering puts the dog at a great risk of self-injury, including raw or embedded collars and accidental self-hanging. It is also psychologically damaging and often leads to highly aggressive behavior. The natural response to a perceived threat is to fight or take flight. Tethering eliminates the dog’s flight option, often making him or her feel forced to fight. Tethering makes dogs easy targets for harassing humans and other animals. Having a fenced in area avoids these issues and allows the dog to have much-needed exercise, stimulation, and the ability to take flight or defend itself if necessary. Dog-houses provide important shelter from harsh weather elements.
Pawmetto Lifeline’s goal is to build 12 dog houses in 12 months. A local fencing business, Midlands Fence has generously offered to donate the labor and supplies for our first fence build, which will be on May 29th for a dog named Cindy, who has spent her life thus far living on a metal chain. After May 29th she will have the run of the yard!
Pawmetto Lifeline hopes this new program will make a lasting impact on pets’ like Cindy’s lives and will help educate our community about the negative implications of continuous tethering.
To sponsor a fence build or recommend a fence recipient, please contact Alison Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-465-9187. Fence recipients must own their own property, be low income or receiving government assistance, and agree to have their pets spayed/neutered.
by Alison Gibbons, Pawmetto Lifeline Director of Volunteer Services