Thursday, November 14, 2013
Volunteers gathered at a residence in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, Oct. 26 with one plan in mind: to build a fence for Big Foot.
Each month, Unchain Charleston builds a fence for a dog living at the end of a tether. The program, which began in April 2012 and operates under the Pet Helpers umbrella, seeks to educate owners about the long-term damage that chaining an animal can do, both physically and mentally. Saturday marked the 13th fence build for Unchain Charleston since its inception.
While the majority of the builds have taken place on Pet Helpers’ home of James Island, the group has extended its reach to cover parts of the area. In July, Unchain Charleston built its first Mount Pleasant fence for a trio of dogs.
Volunteers from Charleston’s Junior League were at the build in addition to regular and new volunteers with Unchain Charleston. “It’s great to see the community turn out to help us change a dog’s life,” manager of communications, advocacy and outreach Caroline Morris said.
Organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States and PETA have conducted research and documented the tendency of chained dogs to become aggressive and eventually turn on their owners.
Dogs also are spayed or neutered and receive vaccinations and a microchip free of charge.
Visit www.pethelpers.org and click on Programs and Services to complete the online application.