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From 9 January 2005 Issue

Florida Action for Chained Dogs

I hope everyone had a nice holiday and you're now ready and motivated to help as many animals as possible in 2005!! As you may know, I am the Central Florida representative for Dogs Deserve Better, a national non profit group seeking to help chained and backyard dogs. We are having our 3rd Annual "Have a Heart for Chained Dogs" campaign this year between February 7-14. Herešs how the campaign works: DDB delivers either by mail or by hand valentines and treats to chained dogs all across the country. Included with the valentine and doggie treat is the group's information about chaining and how they can help caretakers bring their dogs inside and make them part of the family.

Here's where you guys come in: I am searching for the addresses of chained dogs across Florida. Of course, I hope to be able to hand deliver Valentines here in Orlando, but I'd love to be able to send DDB the addresses of chained dogs from all over Florida. If you live in the Orlando area and would like to help me with the campaign locally, please let me know. Herešs another aspect of the campaign: Last year, elementary school children handmade 500 of the 2,400 valentines sent to chained dogs. This year, we'd love for all 3,000 (that's our goal this year) to be made by school children. So, DDB is seeking interested elementary teachers and students nationwide, as well as other youth groups, to create valentines for the chained dogs. Tammy Grimes, DDB Founder, says, "The students and groups gain a sense of accomplishment from creating for the dogs and our hope is that more and more dog caretakers are educated as a result of the children's efforts."

If you know of any teachers with classes that would like to help with the valentines, please let me know ASAP. The valentines are needed at the Dogs Deserve Better headquarters in Tipton, PA by February 7th, and must fit into an A10 envelope when folded. You can also have them directly contact/e-mail [email protected]
or call (814) 941.7447 for further details.

Finally, if you have the address of a chained dog, you can email it to me or to [email protected].  Please get the addresses, with zip code, as soon as possible. Another way you can help: You can also sponsor Valentines for the chained dog. Just go to to help.

Thank you in advance for helping chained dogs living in Florida. Living chained outside is no life for a dog!!


[Editor's Note: Please consider bringing this worthy campaign to your neighborhood.]

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