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Chain Off 2009
Freedom for Chained Dogs

Chain-Off 2009 Summary Report

Thanks to everyone’s continued support we are slowly educating the masses as well as raising much needed funds to help the animals,  that all our wonderful volunteers save throughout the year.

Fundraisers Success List

01.    Marla Dakes
02.    Amanda Fair
03.    Sara Westgor
04.    Tracy Clark
05.    Marie Belanger
06.    Tammi Kinman
07.    Dawn Ashby
08.    Marie Amiel
09.    Unchain Chattanooga's Dogs
10.   Adam Moran
11.   Threefold
12.   Jennifer MacNeill
13.   Lisa Compton
14.   Candace Bright
15.   Deana Whitfields
16.   Cindy McGill
17.   Charlsye Lewis
18.   Trish Cates
19.   Gayla Hausman
20.   Kelly & Erik Welker
21.   Terri Nelson-Bunge
22.   Tina Marion
23.   No Chains WV
24.   Steve Cates
25.   Lois Rose
26.   Amanda Green
27.   Carla Wilson
28.   Marion Henko
29.   Amanda DeForest
30.   Cayla Schoborg
31.   Doggone Divas & Dudes
32.   Claudia Ledezma
33.   Onondaga Co., NY
34.   Laura Prestano




What is Chain Off?

Chain Off has been held annually around the 4th of July since 2004, highlighting the reality that while Americans are celebrating their own freedom, there are tens of thousands of Man's Best Friends in every state who are still not free: America's chained and penned dogs. These dogs are found in backyards stretching from Delaware to Alaska, from Maine to Hawaii, throughout the provinces of Canada, and in countries around the world.

Chain Off has evolved from one woman chaining herself to a doghouse in 2004 for 33 hours, to 85 people chaining themselves in 23 states during last year's 2008 Chain Off to raise awareness for chained dogs.

This year help us blow last year's 85 total out of the water by chaining yourself in your own backyard, your neighborhood, a local park, or with us in South Carolina! Join up 'in packs' to make a local event of it, or take it low-key in a one-woman or one-man show in your own backyard. However it works for you, it's ok by us! We've got more excitement than ever, with a large event in S. Carolina where activists will be chained, and new ways to fundraise in groups or on your own. We'd like to see over 100 people, and at least one from EVERY SINGLE STATE, living chained to doghouses sometime during the weeks from June 27th through July 12th. We can do it! You can do it!

In addition to being our biggest awareness campaign of the year, this is also our biggest fundraising event of the year, last year raising over $33,000 for our work with chained and penned dogs. $33,000? Let's blow that out of the water this year too, with a goal of $60,000 raised during Chain Off! Be part of it! You can fundraise even if you're not going to live chained to the doghouse...join an online fundraising 'team' in your state, start your own fundraising page, and make it happen.

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Here's how it works: Fill out the form, below, with your contact information, what state you live in, and where and when you plan to be chained. You will then be given the option to pick up our Chain Off Pak for $25 (Chain Off t-shirt, brochures, doorhangers, and bumper stickers) as well as create your fundraising page on our affiliated fundraising site. You then add your own picture and text, send us the link at Dawn@dogsdeservebetter.org, and start sending it out to your friends and co-workers for sponsorship! We will add your name and contact information to the website, as well as a link to your fundraising page to bring more people and up your totals.

Next, start your plan...bring in more volunteers with you or go it alone, get your doghouse(s), collars, and chains, and you're all set. Make sure to send this release to the local media, letting them know how to contact you and when you will be doing your Chain Off.

Registration, below, is FREE, but make sure
you're committed before registering!


Let's get out there and kick butt in 2009 for Chained Dogs the world over!

Download the Chain Off 2009 Media Release in .pdf format

Just a few simple rules to live by:

1. If you say you'll do it, don't back out.

2. Get friends and family to sponsor you on this sheet (like a walk-a-thon) or create your own page at this link so you can raise money for our work while you're whiling away the hours.

3. Send this release to your local media outlets, letting them know you are participating in their area, with your contact information, date, time, and place.

4. Be mindful of your purpose in chaining yourself...to put yourself in the dog's paws. So please, 'rough it'. Sit on the ground (a blanket is ok but no chairs); don't spend the time reading or watching TV. Speak to the media and others interested in your activities, of course, and only get off your chain to use the restroom as needed, unless there's an emergency! The goal is to really understand what it's like to live as a chained dog to become a more effective advocate.

3. Make sure to take photos and send us a write up of your success for the website.

4. Chain yourself from 8-24 hours anytime from June 27th through July 12th.

AND THAT'S IT! Could it get any simpler? Join us today.

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Sponsor Chain Off 2009

Support Team Sponsor

As a Support Team Sponsor, you will receive: Recognition on website.


Donate Toward the Event

If you'd like to sponsor via regular USPS mail, send this sponsor form
to P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684

or you may call 1.877.636.1408 to use Visa/Mastercard/AmEx

Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit education/legislation/rescue organization. Your donations are tax-deductible according to IRS guidelines.