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December 5, 2012

Our Guide to Help Chained Dogs

Unchain a dog in your community today with this guide

  • Have you seen chained dogs in your neighborhood? Want to help them live inside with their families? iStockphoto

Download a free copy of our guide, "A Dog's Life: Chaining and Your Community"—a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to pass an anti-chaining ordinance in your area—and start helping dogs now!

Whether you're concerned with the inhumane treatment that chained dogs endure, or you're worried about the dangers posed to the community, a local ordinance that bans or restricts the tethering of dogs can make a real difference for dogs in your area.

As social animals, dogs need regular interactions with their family. Dogs left chained up in a yard go through periods of boredom, loneliness and isolation, which eventually lead to territorial and aggressive behaviors.

Countless communities across the United States have enacted ordinances to address the issues related to dog chaining.

Get the guide

The following articles (in PDF form) offer a wealth of information to help you fight dog chaining in your community.

To download each section of the guide, click on the title below.

Quotes »

There are an assortment of experts who have studied the issues surrounding chaining and the impact that the practice has on dogs. These quotes can be used to help others gain an interest and understanding of the basic issues.

Sample letters to the editor »

When your local newspaper runs a story about a proposed chaining ordinance or another attack by a chained dog, you can help maintain and raise public awareness by responding with a letter to the editor (LTE). These sample LTEs can serve as a starting point to help you craft your own submission to the local paper.

What kind of ordinance is right? »

Because there's so much variety between chaining ordinances across the country, it's important that your proposed legislation is a good fit for your community. This discussion piece will help you design an ordinance that will be well-received and, more important, ably enforced.

Sample chaining ordinances »

There's a wide range of chaining ordinances across the country (more than 100 ordinances in more than 30 states), and it's important that your proposed legislation is a good fit for your unique community. Get these instructions on designing an ordinance that will be well-received and—more importantly—ably enforced. Includes examples.

Local government guide »

Whether your proposed ordinance is planned for a county, city, town or other municipality, this step-by-step outline details the basic formula that most local governments follow when considering new ordinances.

Testifying for an ordinance »

Once your ordinance is written and proposed by one of your elected officials, you'll have to convince your officials of why it's important. Working with others, knowing the issue and strongly presenting the facts will all help make your case more convincing.

If you have questions while trying to pass an ordinance or just want to tell us about your accomplishments, please write us at 2100 L Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20037, or give us a call at 202-452-1100.

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