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Welcome to Chain Off 2012:
Freedom for Chained Dogs

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Read Tamira Thayne's Blog of the Ten State Tour


snowballChain 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.

tamiChain Off has evolved from one woman chaining herself to a doghouse in 2004 for 33 hours, to over 100 people chaining themselves in over locations including Canada and Romania during last year's 2010 Chain Off to raise awareness for chained dogs. This year help us blow last year's total out of the water by chaining yourself on your Capitol steps, in your own backyard, your neighborhood, a local park, or with DDB's Tamira Thayne in any of the ten states capitol buildings she will hit on the Ten Day Capitol Doghouse Tour! 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! The dogs need our voice. We've got more excitement than ever, as we hit the steps of ten state Capitol buildings, and new ways to fundraise in groups or on your own. We'd like to see over 150 people, and at least one from EVERY SINGLE STATE, living chained to doghouses sometime during the weeks from June 15th through July 15th. We can do it! You can do it!

terri debIn addition to being our biggest awareness campaign of the year, this is also our biggest fundraising campaign of the year, last year raising almost $13,000 for our work with chained and penned dogs, but that was a low year for us. Let's blow that out of the water this year too, with a goal of $30,000 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.

Here's how it works: Go to Firstgiving (https://www.firstgiving.com/dogsdeservebetter/ddb-chainoff2012), click on register for an event, give us 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 with Firstgiving. You then add your own picture and text, send us the link to dogs@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 a media release (to come) to the local media, letting them know how to contact you and when you will be doing your Chain Off.


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

Let's get out there and kick butt in 2012 for Chained Dogs the world over!

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 your own page online so you can raise money for our work while you're whiling away the hours.

3. Send a media release (to come) 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 15th through July 15th.

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


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 donation
to 1915 Moonlight Rd., Smithfield, VA 23430. Thank You!

or you may call 757-357-9292 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.