Break the chain of ignorance.
This is one of the first things your read when you visit the Chain of Hope website. Break the chain of ignorance, break the chain of suffering, and break the chain of unwanted litters.
I first came across Chain of Hope when we were experiencing our crazy “snowmageddon” here in Texas. I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a video of these people going door to door, in what looked like a blizzard, asking people to please bring their dogs indoors during the negative temperatures. Aside from that, they were also providing each home with igloo’s and hay for outside to ensure the dog had adequate shelter when (and if) they put the dogs back outside.
This sort of action really struck me. We are constantly trying to save as many animals as we can and advocate for adoption, but in reality, how can we truly make the biggest change? How can we break this, what seems like a never-ending, cycle? We have got to start with the education piece. We have to TEACH people how to properly care for animals with hopes that this ensures the next generation doesn’t continue the disregard of neglectful actions.
Here are the words directly from Chain of Hope…
“Chain of Hope has improved the lives of so many inner-city animals. Even if it means that the animal gets spayed or neutered and gets onto a tie-out cable, rather than the heavy tow chain it probably was dragging around. Sometimes that’s all we can do, but it improves their lives at least a little. Chain of Hope is relentless against animal neglect and abuse. We monitor, check back, call animal control when needed – we always try to make sure that the animal doesn’t fall through the cracks.”
Organizations like this do the HARD work. They address the things that most of us don’t have the courage to speak upon- they knock on doors, have hard conversations, and never give up on an animal regardless of whether or not they already have a “home”.
I urge you to follow, donate, support, share, or whatever you can to spread the word about Chain of Hope. If we could all learn just a bit from their mission, I think slowly but surely a bigger change will be made by… Helping owners become aware of the crucial needs of their pets.