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Dogs (like people) are social animals, yet more than 200,000 dogs live empty lives chained or tethered outdoors. Tied-up outside, dogs become lonely, bored, and anxious, and they can develop aggressive behaviors. Bring a dog inside (or help a chained dog in your neighborhood) and you’ll keep everyone safer.


Some people believe that dogs should live outside to protect a home or property. Dogs are also put outside because they display behaviors that challenge their families. In practice, chaining threatens the dog's health and well-being and the safety other animals and humans.

As communities learn about the negative impact of chaining or tethering dogs, many have begun passing laws against long-term chaining. Learn how to educate and mobilize your neighbors, free a chained dog, and prevent more dogs from suffering a sad, solitary life on a chain.

Resources

What You Can Do to Help Chained Dogs »
Guide to Helping Chained Dogs »
Do You Chain Your Dog? » 


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News & Events

  • June 6, 2013

    Dog Tethering Law Passes Oregon Legislature

    A coalition of animal welfare organizations, veterinarians and law enforcement agencies commended the Oregon legislature for restricting the chaining and tethering of dogs throughout the state.

  • April 24, 2013

    Animal Advocates Lobby Connecticut Lawmakers to Support Animal Welfare Legislation

    )--Connecticut residents participating in Humane Lobby Day met with lawmakers to advocate for several bills that would improve the welfare of animals in the state. Participants lobbied in support of H.B. 6317, which ban the inhumane confinement of breeding pigs in gestation crates, and H.B. 5027, which requires minimum standards of care for dogs in large-scale puppy mills and prevents the sale of dogs from breeding operations that do not meet those standards.

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    April 10, 2013

    Humane Lobby Day Kicks Off in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvanians concerned about animal welfare converged on the state capitol for Humane Lobby Day in Harrisburg on Tuesday to lobby for better laws to protect pets, exotic animals and wildlife.

  • September 25, 2012

    The HSUS and PetSmart Charities® Announce Pets for Life Mentorship Grant Recipients

    The HSUS and PetSmart Charities® announced that ten local animal care organizations from around the country have been selected to receive the groups’ Pets for Life Mentorship program grant, totaling $452,500 for the groups to provide direct, hands-on community outreach training tailored to help pets and pet owners in under-served neighborhoods.

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Our Victories

  • February 28, 2014

    Md. Senate Praised for Passage of Compromise Legislation for Maryland Dogs

    The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that will remedy a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling that deemed “pit bulls” to be “inherently dangerous.”

  • February 11, 2014

    House Protects Victims of Domestic Violence and Beloved Family Pets

    The Virginia House passed legislation to strengthen the state’s protections for victims of domestic violence and their beloved family pets. House Bill 972, sponsored by Delegate Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, will authorize courts to grant care and custody of a family pet to petitioners of protective orders and passed unanimously with bipartisan support.

  • January 31, 2014

    Martin County Animal Shelter Removes Gas Chamber

    The Humane Society of the United States awarded Martin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina a $10,000 grant in honor of its decision stop euthanizing animals using a gas chamber.

  • October 16, 2013

    Bennettsville Receives Grant to End Use of Animal Gas Chamber

    The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.

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