Medfield Animal Shelter has partnered with Dogs Deserve Better, a national 501(c)3 that takes dogs off of chains and out of pens and neuters and spays the dogs, vets them, rehabilitates and rehomes them. The third picture is Champ about to be released from the chain thanks to this group of caring volunteers. This is part of the email our manager received with a plea for help for this wonderful 6 year old Husky/Lab/Shepherd mix:
We pulled Champ from a frozen chain where he was once again left with a pot of frozen water and no food. One of my friends had been going by to feed him every night, but with the weather as cold as it has been, she just couldn't stand seeing him like that. The final straw was the night she went to feed him and his chain was so frozen that he could not even get into his broken dog house. When I went to get him, he was chained and wearing a collar made from the same chain with (2) padlocks on it. The woman we pulled him from no longer had the keys...so we cut it off once we got him to a foster home. She eagerly surrendered him telling us she felt he was 'too spoiled.' Champ lived on a chain for 3 years. Once rescued last week, Champ was treated to a spa day at a groomer for a needed bath and nail trim and received veterinary care he has not had for many years. His foster family reports he is loving having children to play with and is learning what is expected for housebreaking and is making progress. He would rather not be crate trained but will need to spend some time in a crate unless his adopter is retired or works from home. Champ had never been in a car, but after realizing his foster family was with him he settled down quickly and enjoyed his ride. Having lived on a chain Champ loves to now run and play and will need someone to work with him on leash manners. Won't you give this very deserving dog a chance to know what a real home is? Please call 508.359.8989 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to meet this nice dog.