Freedom for Chained Dogs
Slideshow Of Last Year's Chain-Off 2009
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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 over 100 people chaining themselves in over 52 locations including Canada and Romania during
last year's 2009 Chain Off to raise awareness for chained dogs. This year
help us blow last year's total out of the water by chaining
yourself in your own backyard, your neighborhood, a local park,
or with us in Florida and New Mexico! 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
events in Florida and New Mexico where activists will be chained, and
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 26th through
July 4th. 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 almost $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.
Here's how it works:Go to Firstgiving (www.firstgiving.com/dogsdeservebetter), 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 at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 release to the local media, letting them know
how to contact you and when you will be doing your Chain Off.
REGISTRATION IS FREE
Registration is FREE, but make sure
you're committed before registering!
Read "Why Chain Off Matters" by DDB's Tamira Ci Thayne
Let's get out there and kick
butt in 2010 for Chained Dogs the world over!
the Chain Off 2010 Media Release in .pdf format.
a few simple rules to live by:
If you say you'll do it, don't back out.
Get friends and family to sponsor you on
this sheet (like
or create your own page at
you can raise money for our work while you're whiling away the
hours. These links should be the same as last year.
Send the press release to your local media outlets, letting them
know you are participating in their area, with your contact
information, date, time, and place.
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
Make sure to take photos and send us a write up of your success
for the website.
Chain yourself from 8-24 hours anytime from June 26th through
THAT'S IT! Could it get any simpler? Join
SPONSOR / DONATE TO CHAIN OFF 2010
a Support Team Sponsor, you will receive: Recognition
you'd like to sponsor via regular USPS mail, send this
to P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684
you may call 1.877.636.1408 to use Visa/Mastercard/AmEx
Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit education/legislation/rescue
organization. Your donations are tax-deductible according
to IRS guidelines.