The Coalition to Unchain Dogs has saved more than a thousand pets over the past four years.
The organization, founded in Durham, builds fences for dogs that live on a chain.
Melinda Merritt has been with the organization since it started.
“We do this because we have a passion for dogs. Dogs don’t have their own voice. This is a way to give them a voice,” said Merrit.
The group runs off of donations and volunteers to build each fence. Materials cost about $500 dollars. Volunteers say they build no matter the weather. The last fence build, it rained.
“We saw the rain and weren’t so sure about building a fence in the rain, but we figured, if we can help somebody, it’s worth it,” said Jackie Studdert, a first time volunteer.
The group spent about four hours in the drizzling rain building a fence for three dogs. The owners said, they planned to build a fence, but didn’t have the money to do so.
“I just thank God that there’s good people who help people like us,” said Michael Webber.
The coalition says it focuses on building a relationship with the pet owners. The fence is just the frosting on the cake.
“The whole process includes spaying and neutering the dogs and getting them updated on their shots. The fence is the happy ending,” said Merritt.
Why do these folks spend a Saturday, doing pretty hard work, without making a dime?
“We do this because we’re making an impact. We show up for dogs that have lived their entire lives on chains. Once they get off the chain, they’re finally free,” said Merritt.
A group of volunteers giving pets a better place to live off the chain.
If you would like to volunteer to build a fence or donate funds, you can go to the Coalition to Unchain Dogs website.