FENCES FOR FIDO SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP UNCHAIN SALEM DOGS
We're hosting a FUN gathering of all current and potential Fences For Fido volunteers on Sunday, June 8th from 2-4pm in the Salem, Oregon area. We've have food, stories, information, and probably some hugs waiting for you. No experience required; lots of diverse opportunities to help.
Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization; without them we cannot help the chained dogs who so desperately need some relief from living at the ends of chains. Part of the beauty of Fences For Fido is that a person can donate three hours of a Saturday morning and then be immediately rewarded by witnessing the true joy that the dog exudes the moment that they are released from their chain — that moment is absolutely magical.
So, let's unchain Fidos! -oO~
Sunday, June 8 at 2:00pm
The Campus 2065 Madrona Ave SE Salem, OR
I'm Zoe Moo and I am celebrating my one year Adoptaversary the first week of April. That's a big word for a dog but it makes my mom really happy (and a little teary) so let's just go with it. I was a sad puppy one year ago but my life changed when some nice folks from Fences For Fido heard about me and decided to help me out a little. Today, I am very happy canine living with two humans who adore me to pieces (I can't help it, I'm just so darn lovable!) and I really want to thank the wonderful people who made my bright future possible. So I'd like to sponsor a fence for a chained fido but I'm going to need your help. I'm going to use my puppy eyes on you in hopes you help me out because let me tell you, that would be the best Adoptaversary present I can think of! What do you say, friends? Let's all pitch in a little and make a fido happy! $300 funds a fence for a small yard, $600 for a medium one and $1000 for a large one. I dream big but no donation is too small. I am so grateful for your support of Fences For Fido that I will ask mom to send a print of my happy face to the five most generous donors. Of course I will use my puppy eyes on her for that too. Those puppy eyes, they work magic, I tell you :) Thanks, friends. Happy tail wags to you!
“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.
New Dog Tethering Law in Effect January, 1, 2014
Drafted and supported by a broad coalition, the new 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.
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The new law does the following:
Limits tethering to:
BINGO IS BACK! Fences For Fido and Joe's Burgers are teaming up for a Halloween bingo COSTUME party! Bring your whole family along with $20 cash per person for 10 games with great prizes!
Costume prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
0. Best home-made costume
0. Best dog-themed costume
0. Best eco-friendly costume
0. BEST OVERALL COSTUME!
IT’S GONNA BE A BARKING GOOD TIME! COME TO THE OREGON PUBLIC HOUSE ANYTIME FROM NOON TIL 11PM ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH AND YOU’LL BE SUPPORTING FENCES FOR FIDO—A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT BUILDS FENCES AND DOGHOUSES FREE OF CHARGE FOR FAMILIES WHOSE DOGS LIVE OUTDOORS. THE OREGON PUBLIC HOUSE IS PORTLAND’S FIRST NON-PROFIT PUB, DONATING ALL NET EARNINGS TO CHARITY—AND ON MONDAY THE 9TH, THEY’LL BE SUPPORTING FENCES FOR FIDO! COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR LUNCH, DINNER, OR JUST TO HAVE A FEW PINTS AND MEET THE FENCES FOR FIDO VOLUNTEERS WHO’LL BE STAFFING THE PUB, LOCATED AT 700 NE DEKUM STREET.
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:
As a Fences For Fido foster parent, sometimes pictures say more of what it means to me then my heart can express. I can tell you this. It is difficult to think of myself as a “volunteer” when I foster for Fences For Fido. Why? Because it is an honor to watch the Fences For Fido team do whatever it takes to see their furry charges free, healthy, happy, and finally in a forever home. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to be able to open my home, give a little love, and watch their spirits begin to heal and blossom. It brings me joy when a dog learns what it is to be safe, warm, fed, to revel in a squishy bed, and learn to just be a dog that is part of a family of love. The community of Fences For Fido gives me all the love and support I need to do this. They have never failed to “be there” when I needed help…from an emergency of a sick puppy, to people coming to play with puppies so I can get a break, to donating food when needed and so much more. It has just been an absolutely amazing joy and blessing in my life to do this with this great group of loving human beings.
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.
Thank you to everyone who came to our 2013 gala to celebrate our hearts’ work on behalf of our beloved Fidos. Your generosity will enable us to build 20 fences and has added much-needed funds for both Smokey's Fund and Savannah's Fund.
Please mark your calendar for May 17th, 2014 for our next gala!
Thank you once again, on behalf of our volunteers and our beloved Fidos.
By Patti Loverink, Fences For Fido Co-Chair
In the summer of 2012, our Fido community made something truly remarkable happen: Through just one whirlwind day of online voting, you helped us win a Toyota Tundra pickup through Toyota's 100 Cars For Good campaign! We knew that having a truck that belonged exclusively to Fences For Fido would make a huge difference in our work, and over these past several months it surely has.
One year ago, huddled in the mud under his food bowl hanging from a chain was Fences For Fido volunteer’s first glimpse of Gordo. Gordo, a pittie/lab mix, was so fearful that he tried to flatten himself on the ground and disappear into the mud. Although, his purpose in his former life was to serve as a “guard dog” to protect the family’s business, what we quickly learned about Gordo was that he was just a lapdog on the inside, fearing and thriving for attention all at the same time.
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.
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.