Set Dogs Free in the D: Help C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc.

By: Amber Ogden | September 8, 2015
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In December of 2010, community care nurse Gina Freemon found herself driving through Detroit in search of a patient’s address. What she came across on her drive through Southwest Detroit was a dog on a short chain, with no food or water.

It was a freezing cold, snowy night, and Gina called her husband to express her shock that the dog was chained outside in such unbearable conditions. Against his advice, she knocked on the door to see what she could do to help. It was then that C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc. was born.

Today, C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc. is a nonprofit 501©3 organization that, as of July 1, 2015, has helped 1,309 dogs, completed 42 fence projects, spayed or neutered 520 dogs and provided 711 dog houses.

The ultimate goal of the organization is to make chained animal’s lives better, through owner education, as well as supplies and services like insulated dog houses, straw, spay and neuter assistance, food, treats and toys.

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C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc.

(Photo courtesy of Gina Freemon)

Freemon’s team consists of two additional board members and volunteers. Volunteers help extend and dig proof fences, build kennels in owners’ yards and more.

“We will train them,” Freemon said of anyone interested in volunteering with C.H.A.I.N.E.D. “They will go with a team leader. We always need people in the field to visit dogs.”

Fall may be near, but temperatures are still hot, and it’s important to keep your dogs comfortable, Freemon said.

“If it’s summer, (owners) need to keep them cool. Number one, bring your dog inside. Let them be a part of the family. If you absolutely cannot, then you need to provide the best possible life for an outside dog,” she said, noting that such a life requires adequate shelter.

As for the colder months, winter in Michigan is brutal, and dogs must be brought inside when the weather is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Freemon also recommends feeding your dog more in the winter.

This year, once a month from December through March, C.H.A.I.N.E.D. will conduct winter outreach, which consists of 10 teams going out to see over 300 dogs in a single day. Volunteers will stuff doghouses with straw for insulation, provide food and treats, and most importantly, educate owners.

C.H.A.I.N.E.D. typically holds three to four fundraisers per year, and an upcoming one is currently in the works for November. Stay tuned to the official website for details.