small sampling of the thousands of heart-touching valentines
created by schoolchildren/groups in 2009 for the chained and penned
dogs. (Please note, we are requesting Valentines be no larger than 4"x8.5" in order to fit in mailing envelopes...bigger Valentines are hard to mail!)
Media Release, Posted on 2/8/10 The world's most unusual Valentines go to the dogs 15,000 Valentines to be delivered to America's 'Forgotten Dogs' more... more...
Media Release, Posted on 1/13/10 Group asks students to create 15,000
valentines for chained dogs Seeks Elementary School Students, Clubs, Groups, and
Individuals to Make Valentines for Delivery to Chained Dogs Nationwide more... more...
Your Dog the Love of Your Life?
Help Us Make Other Dogs as Lucky
During our Have a Heart for Chained Dogs
2010 Valentine Campaign
us February 7-14th for Have a Heart for
Chained Dogs Week.
OUR GOAL in our 8th Season is to SEND OUT 15,000 VALENTINES TO CHAINED
or PENNED DOGS.
are striving to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs in a
positive way...by delivering Valentines, a brochure and a treat
coupon to dogs living outside all over the U.S. and into other
countries where we have representation, such as Canada and England.
where you come in:
Make Valentines.Teachers, Students, Scout
Leaders, Group Leaders, Individuals please make Valentines! Please note: Sizes should be no biggern than 4"x8.5" so they can fit in a mailing envelope. We're asking you
to stress quality over quantity this year...we'd rather have 15,000
awesome valentines that REALLY hit home with dog caretakers.
To see what others have done, see the link above. The valentines
can say anything along the lines of 'Bring us into the home and
family.' Send them to us by February 5th at P.O. Box 23,
Tipton, PA 16684.
Mail Coupons for Free or Reduced Cost Treats or Dogfood. Last year we did not have enough treat coupons to fill all
the Valentines. Can you help us out this year by mailing
any and all treat or dogfood coupons you have to us at P.O. Box
23, Tipton, PA 16684?
Send addresses for Chained or Penned Dogs.This
is so CRUCIAL! Please, take the time to find out the address
of that chained or penned dog near you, even though it
takes a little time...To
make our goal, we need to mail at least 15,000 Valentines.
Send addresses via mail, call
877.636.1408 to report addresses, e-mail
them to email@example.com.
or fill out the form, below (preferred). You remain anonymous!
this form does not give you a thank you, but is designed to automatically reset to this page for those with multiple addresses...don't worry, the
addresses are coming through fine, please don't resubmit.)
Sponsor Valentines.The cost of
this campaign is quite high, due to material and mailing
fees, but it is well-worth it! You may either
sponsor Valentines for addresses you provide, or sponsor
Valentines for others who provide us with addresses. Sponsor your
2009 we delivered over 12,000 Valentines to chained or penned dogs!
is a critical time to reach out directly to the people who chain
their dogs, and what better excuse than Valentine’s Day to
send these forgotten animals a little love,” says Tamira Thayne,
founder and director of the seven-year-old non-profit. “Every
winter our rescuers see dogs that have frozen in the snow, suffered
frostbite, or otherwise endured horrific living conditions because
of the longstanding misperception that it is appropriate to chain
a dog outside in any kind of weather.”
is the perfect opportunity for people who pass chained dogs every
day, or who live next door to these poor animals, but feel powerless
to make a difference,” continues Thayne. “People can
anonymously provide us with the addresses of these dogs, or perhaps
make a batch of Valentines, and we do the rest.”
Educational outreach is an important part of chain-ging minds and chain-ging lives. From supporter Aubrey Madden Hall: "My husband and I used to pass a puppy chained 24/7 on the deck on our way home...it hurt us everyday. After a while I found out about DDB from someone at the dog park...I contacted my local rep and she sent some things to them. Then, I never saw him chained again! That was my first experience with relief from the sadness of the animal abuse I had seen daily. First success- thanks to DDB! Growing up there was a chained husky 2 doors down from me...My heart ached for him, but I was a child and didn't know there were people out there like DDB. It hurt so much to see him every day for years on that chain, I didn't have faith that people could change, but thanks to that first taste of success I finally have hope that people can change and learn to do the right thing."
are needed at the Dogs Deserve Better headquarters in Tipton, PA
by February 5th. The group is also seeking coupons for
free or low-cost dog treats to include with their packets. To participate
by creating Valentines or mailing coupons, send them to P.O. Box
23, Tipton, PA 16684. Interested parties may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 814.941.7447 for further details.
Deserve Better invites volunteers and other nonprofit groups nationwide to deliver
Valentines to local chained dogs. The group is greatly in need of
addresses for chained/penned dogs, and sponsors for the program.
valentines will be sent anonymously, unless you specifically ask
for your first or full name to be included. And any information
that is sent out with the valentine will include only the name of
the Dogs Deserve Better organization. Therefore, any information
you give us is strictly confidential, unless you direct otherwise.
Deserve Better will Hold Two Valentine Stuffing Parties For
all State College, Bellwood, Altoona, Pennsylvania volunteers:
try to make one of these two Valentine stuffing parties!
We hope to be totally swamped and overwhelmed with Valentines this
year, and need as much help as we can get. Please forward to all
your dog-loving friends. We try to make this a very fun party, and
you're working for a great event: you could possibly save a life
with each Valentine you stuff!
Deserve Better needs volunteers to stuff and ready for mailing as
many as 10,000 Valentines for dogs this year! Two stuffing parties,
one in State College and one in Bellwood, will be held to enable
more people to participate.
#1(Note: Postponed due to inclement weather!)
526 Main Street Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come Anytime, Stay as Long as You'd Like!
We will have Plenty of Food and Drink Available!
For more info, e-mail email@example.com
or call 814.941.7447
State College, Pennsylvania
State College High School Library
Thursday, February 4, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Yummy food and drinks too!
Call Terry at 814.880.1748 for more information Was a Great Success, thanks to the 20 people who came to stuff!
always, you are more than welcome to sponsor by phone at
1.877.636.1408 or mail, just send a check or money order
and ordering informationwhat, how many, etc. to P.O.
Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684, and we'll follow your request!
Be sure to provide contact information in case we have questions.
From Ms. Hartman, California: "My class of 3-4th graders sent
these Valentines for those dogs chained or tethered. This
is one of our KIND Kids Club activities. We do things in our
town to raise awareness for mistreated animals. Thanks for caring! "
From The Humane Society of Missouri: "Every year the Education
Department has a Valentine's Day Event called "Share your
heart with homeless dogs". We bake treats for the shelter
dogs and make Valentines for you."
From Carrie Nutter-Novak, Illinois: "Once again the children
I provide occupational therapy services for at Chicago Public
Schools have made cards for the canines in your outreach program. They were excited to wish the dogs a Happy
Valentine's Day and
to educate the animal guardians on appropriate pet care."
help fund the project! It's a large undertaking, and we need your
help today. Any donations you make will be tax deductible.
you'd like to donate via regular USPS mail, you may print
out this form in .pdf
format, and send to P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684