In just a few short hours, you can change a dog’s life forever – no experience necessary!


Fences for Fido is an award-winning, non-profit organization that builds fences free of charge for families who keep their dogs on chains, tethers and in small enclosures. We also provide:

  • A warm, insulated dog house
  • Spay/neuter services
  • Critical vet care

In nearly 8 years, Fences For Fido has unchained almost 1500 dogs in NW Oregon, central Oregon and SW Washington!


  • We are actively seeking volunteers throughout our service region to help us continue our work. IT’S FUN!
  • You don’t need any fence-building experience
  • You can volunteer as much or as little as you like.

There’s no minimum number of builds or hours for being part of our pack. However, because our fence builds are considered construction sites, you must be 18 or older.

DO YOU HAVE FENCE-BUILDING OR CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE? We’d love to welcome you as a Crew Leader to help draw up simple fence plans, be in charge of pick-up and delivery of supplies, and lead a fabulous group of volunteers in building our fences. Again, you can volunteer as much or as little as you like, and we provide all training, equipment, and materials.

Register to be a volunteer here – then check out our calendar to sign up for your first build!

Volunteer Q/A

Once you sign up, please feel free to join one of our regional FFF Facebook Pages!

FFF SW Washington Region Volunteers

FFF North Willamette Valley Region (Portland/surrounding areas) Volunteers

FFF South Willamette Valley Region (Salem & surrounding areas) Volunteers

FFF Oregon Coast Region Volunteers

FFF Central Oregon Region Volunteers

The mission of Fences For Fido is to improve the quality of life for chained dogs living outside in the elements day and night. But along the way, it has changed all of our lives as well.

Each and every Saturday morning, we transform the lives of dogs living outside on the end of chains. Fences For Fido is a real labor of love, and as such we wanted to share with you several of the stories that truly do capture the very heart of Fences For Fido far better than any words.

Love in action.

Click on the links below to watch...

Changing Lives
Make you feel my love
Chico, Lady & Cheetho
Rocky and Wolvering
Walking on Sunshine
Have a little Faith in me
Star, Cassie and Rex
My own two hands

And please check out our video page to see more love stories.

On Thanksgiving evening, Fences For Fido was honored to receive the Sam Simon Award on Fox's nationally televised All Star Dog Rescue Celebration.

Our hope is to inspire dog lovers across the country to follow their hearts and commit to making a difference in the lives of chained dogs everywhere.

Our profound gratitude to the Fox Network and the All Star Dog Rescue Celebration team for sharing the stories of some of the nearly 1,300 dogs we’ve unchained on this journey. While it may not seem possible, we know each and every dog by name, all of whom continue to live within our hearts and inspire us to do what we do each and every day.

View the Fox press release here...

“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.” John Galsworthy 

The price we pay for loving dogs is that we will have to say goodbye someday – and always too soon. We each know this all too well. In fact, it’s been said that this may be the only real flaw of dogs – the painful fact that their lives are so much shorter than ours. 

Today we all feel this familiar sadness because we’ve learned that Chopper – Fences for Fido’s very first unchained dog – died this week due to complications of cancer. With the passing of this stately, gentle old friend, we want to pause and remember what a mark Chopper left on our world. He was once a lonely, scruffy backyard dog. But everything changed, practically overnight, when a group of Portland friends met Chopper and realized they could do something to help. What they did changed Chopper’s life and his family’s life, and then that change rippled across the community and just kept going. Chopper galvanized a mission and a passion that continues to grow today. 

Effect January, 1, 2014

Drafted and supported by a broad coalition, the law adds an important tool to address the public safety and animal welfare problems presented by chronically-chained dogs in communities across Oregon. Like all laws, this one is intended to be enforced by appropriate law enforcement officers. Fences For Fido does not have enforcement authority.

Download a copy of this article *** Click Here ***

Anti Tethering Law and How FFF can help you video *** Click Here ***

 The law does the following:

Limits tethering to:

  1. Ten hours (in a 24 hour period) when dog is tethered to a stationary object;
  2. Fifteen hours (in a 24 hour period) when dog is tethered to a running line, “zip line”, trolley, or pulley system;

By Patti Loverink, Fences For Fido Co-Chair

In 2009, a group of friends gathered together around a kitchen table and dreamed of an organization, which would be called “Fences For Fido.” On May 23 that year, together they built fence number one. They became the first volunteers for Fences For Fido. And even today—as we’ve unchained hundreds of dogs and expanded across more Oregon and Washington communities—every aspect of the organization is still operated, managed, produced and built… BY VOLUNTEERS. Every single person.

It doesn’t take paid staff to be buttoned up with a robust organization chart and committees overseeing every aspect and detail of Fences For Fido. What’s truly remarkable and worth repeating, reiterating, and restating, is that dedicated volunteers—who collectively give hundreds of hours each month—make all of this happen. Here’s a bit more about how we do it:


By Patti Loverink, Fences For Fido Co-Chair


Over the month, our community has mourned the loss of a Fido. And although we never built a fence for him, he was and always will be our beloved Fido. He died without a chain and tight collar. And he died, knowing he was loved, comforted by gentle pets, soft words, and warm blankets. 

14-year-old, life-long chained Fido Lucky first came to us as a neighbor referral. We had made plans for his fence on 3/16 and had arranged his vet care for very serious, painful internal infections.


Please check out our new YouTube channel to see fabulous videos of our furry friends in enjoying their new found freedom.

We update the content regularly so that you can see the impact a new fence can have on a fido's life.

Our YouTube channel is great way to share these beautiful stories first hand with you!

Super volunteers Vicki and Jeff have figured out an amazingly swell and safe toy that all our Fidos just love as several dogs display their delight in the videos below.  A local tennis club donates barrels and barrels of used tennis balls, Jeff drills holes in them, and Vicki scours thrift stores and other low-cost sources for soft blankets and material that she can cut into strips, braid them, and then thread the braids through the tennis balls.

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