The Issue: Aggressive Behavior from Chained Dogs
According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), chained dogs are nearly three times as likely to attack people or other animals as dogs that are not tethered. Chaining causes feelings of loneliness or boredom that may lead to aggressive behavior, and also puts dogs at risk of injury or strangulation. In Indianapolis, it's illegal to chain or tether a dog between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., or to chain or tether an unsterilized dog.
The Campaign: Install Large Kennels for Chained Dogs
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) can purchase two large kennels for outside dogs currently living on chains due to owners or guardians' financial constraints. Each additional $200 raised will be used to purchase another dog kennel.
Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside
Working with the motto "Unchain - but contain," FIDO strives to help dog owners find alternatives to chaining and tethering as a method of dog containment. FIDO volunteers work alongside dog owners to install outdoor kennels, repair fencing, or connect trolley lines that provide exercise for the dogs. The volunteers also use this opportunity to advise and educate dog owners about proper care and treatment, and often supply financially struggling owners with dog food, warm bedding, and doghouses to further aid the dogs' happiness and comfort.