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Group Aims to Unchain Dogs, Especially in Brutal Cold

You can help at an upcoming C.H.A.I.N.E.D. fundraiser in Ferndale, where money will be raised to provide warm shelter and other supplies to dogs that spend their lives on a chain.

This dog received a warm igloo thanks to C.H.A.I.N.E.D., a nonprofit group that aims to free Detroit-area dogs consigned to life on a chain. (Photo: C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Facebook page)
This dog received a warm igloo thanks to C.H.A.I.N.E.D., a nonprofit group that aims to free Detroit-area dogs consigned to life on a chain. (Photo: C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Facebook page)

C.H.A.I.N.E.D., a 501c3 non-profit working to improve the lives of Detroit-area dogs who live their lives chained outside, is hosting a fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward in Ferndale, to help improve their lives.

Money raised will provide vital supplies and services, including fenced yards, insulated dog houses, spay/neuter assistance, vaccines, flea/tick prevention, food assistance, treats, toys, love and perhaps most importantly, owner education, Amanda Hanlin, one of the organizers, in an email.

“Compassionate outreach helps correct the problem at its source, which decreases the number of neglected and abandoned animals,” she wrote. “Given this winter’s unusually harsh conditions, there has been especially high need to bring animals indoors or otherwise shelter them from the elements. Volunteers have been working day and night to help as many animals as possible, but they can’t do it alone.”

The fund-raising event event features a raffle with donated items from local businesses including yoga packages, massage packages, pet grooming, food and drink and many other exciting gifts. DJ Eugene Strobe will be spinning tunes, and the bar plans to offer drink specials. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door, but any amount is “PAWsome,” Hanlin said

Supporters who are unable to attend the event can still help out. C.H.A.I.N.E.D. can accept donations via the "Donate" link on it’s Facebook page. Donations may also be made by mail, with a check made payable to C.H.A.I.N.E.D. mailed to P.O. Box 2464, Riverview, MI 48193.     

Those who prefer to donate supplies should see C.H.A.I.N.E.D.’s Amazon.com wishlist, where igloos, food, crates and all manner of needed supplies are listed.

General information about C.H.A.I.N.E.D. can be found on the group’s web site or by calling Wendy at (734) 789-7730.

More than 600 animals have been assisted by the organization since its founding in February 2011.

Thank you so much for any help you can provide.  The hardworking folks at C.H.A.I.N.E.D. have assisted nearly 600 animals so far with more receiving care every single day.  They're truly an organization worth supporting.

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