Please link your animal welfare or rescue site
to us, and please
use any and all info from this website however you like to help
chained dogs. You don't need my permission.
name is Emily, and I live in
Little Rock, Arkansas. My journey began in 2000 when my then-husband John and I rescued Boss, a.k.a. Lucky, from a yard where he was chained to a dilapidated
doghouse. Lucky had thousands of fleas running all over his body. He
was fed about twice a week and rarely had water.
Lucky's eyes were totally dead when we first saw him. I will never
forget the spark of life that came to his eyes when I crouched down
talked to him. His eyes lit right up when he received his
first bit of human kindness.
It was watching Lucky's eyes come to life that inspired me to start
this website and advocate on behalf of chained dogs everywhere. We rescued
Lucky and other chained dogs at our own expense. We also fixed and built fences for chained dogs.
Then we started this website, raised money for a local billboard,
successfully lobbied for laws in Little Rock and
North Little Rock prohibiting
fixed-point chaining, and designed
brochures about the laws
that were mailed
to all city residents in their water bill.
It haunts me to think of all of the
loving dogs who are living their lives at the end of a chain with no comfort.
But one person can only do so much! The only way lasting
change will happen is if everyone reading
this decides to take just one step to help a
Because I have a busy full-time job, I can't answer hundreds of
emails each week or help with cruelty cases. That's why we don't have
an email address posted on this site. I encourage you to check out the
Dogs Deserve Better. Through DDB,
you can get involved with other volunteers and help with
nationwide efforts to help chained dogs. (To subscribe to DDB's newsletter, enter your address in in the right column of the
DDB is also on Facebook,
You Tube, and other social
Here's a short, inspiring video of a German shepherd we rescued from a chain
in July 2013.
I rescued Teddy Junior from the shelter, where he had been
abandoned. I love chow-chows - they are so gorgeous! I placed TJ
into a great home.
We saw Annie chained in the corner of a trashy backyard. Annie
was extremely emaciated and starved for attention. We bought her
from her owner for $30 and put about 20 pounds on her. This
little rottie girl was
adopted by a loving family, and she now weighs 100+ pounds!
Maggie was my good friend. She lived on a short chain for
seven years before I worked with her owner to build a
trolley for her. I used to walk her
often. Maggie died, and I still miss her. She was a dignified,
smart, beautiful dog who deserved better.
Annabelle was chained by some people who were "keeping" her for
a relative. While fixing their fence, they agreed to let us take
her. As we were leaving , her owner turned to his friend and
said, "That dog isn't worth nothing."
Lucky Annabelle now has a wonderful home. What is this sweet
girl worth? Money couldn't buy it.
I found Buddy tied to a stop sign in rural Arkansas. I don't
know if if was tied up for his whole life, but he certainly was
when I found him! I could barely get the knotted rope off his
neck. Buddy is the funniest little dog - I learned a lot about
hounds by fostering him!
Arthur is a gorgeous dane-mix we found on a busy highway. He
could barely fit through our dog door when we fostered him!
I love cats, too! I found Bagheera on a business trip and
brought him home. Bagheera has feline HIV, so it was hard
finding a home for him. But I did!
We used to feed a colony of feral cats, and one day two tame
kittens had been dumped in with the ferals. Simon is the sweetest
thing who sleeps flat on his back! We found great homes for
Simon and his litter-mate.
We found Gracie running down a busy street. Fostering a golden
was a big change from our usual chows, pit bulls, and rottweilers!
Teddy lived the first year of his life on a short chain by a
snake-infested pond. He was adopted by an adoring family who
treated him like a king.
Della was chained and forgotten in the corner of someone's
backyard. We reported the situation to animal
services, and the owner relinquished the dog to them.
We emailed photos of Della at the shelter and her euthanasia
date. We received an outpouring of calls/emails, and Della went
from the shelter straight to her new home. Look at her now!
Thanks for visiting my site. Now go help a chained dog -
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