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Not everyone wants to get involved in the same way. On this page we might present different options to encourage others to get involved in our cause. For example:

Volunteer Your Time

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Dogs Deserve Better would love to have you as a volunteer in your area or via phone, mail, or internet.

Where do your strengths lie? Do you have a passion for helping these dogs? Do you have a dog in your community living this way, and need to do something about it? Let us know what you'd like to do to help.


Join Our Mailing List

Here are some concrete ways to make a difference TODAY:

1. Become an area rep. This requires diligence and a real desire to make a difference. Not for the faint of heart.

2. Get brochures and put them out in your area, vets offices, restaurants, travel plazas. Print our your own if you'd like, using this .pdf file.

3. Work to change laws. Very important!

We all need to pitch in to help get laws passed! How do we do that? Dogs Deserve Better has set up a page with instructions and materials to include. Please send this letter to your local and state representatives and senators. It is in .pdf format, and you will need acrobat to print it out.

Letter for Legislation in .pdf format

Letter for Legislation in .doc format

Letter to the Editor in .doc format

Below are a couple of sites where you can find out the name and address of your state and local reps. Also, allows you to send e-mails to them too.
House of Representatives

4. Buy (very inexpensive!) and hang our 11x17 posters in your area. They will hold up well in the outdoors, in the rain and snow as they are high quality press run.

5. Get donations or negotiate a free billboard in your local area with our billboard designs.

6. Print out one of the below 8.5x11 .pdf flyers and hang them all around your town, grocery stores, laundromats, telephone poles (although in most cases, unless laminated, will not hold up well outside).

Small size "I Am Unseen" Poster

Small size "Snowball's Generation" Poster

Small size "Bush Legislation" Poster

Small size "Would Jesus Chain His Dogs" Poster

Small size "Man Hugs Dog" Poster

Small size "Winter" Poster

Small size "Cold" Poster

"Santa Leaves a Note" Poster

"Loyal Poster"
courtesy of Janet Deery at Animal Awareness

7. Foster a dog. Contact Rocky at or 814.941.7447 if you'd like to foster. You will need to fill out this form to send.

8. Run a booth for the organization at a pet fair or other opportunity in your area. All the materials can be printed out from the site in .pdf format.

9. Solicit donated public service announcements for radio and tv (PSAs)

PDF radio copy

Get donated links, donated web space (especially for the "Don't Shut Me Out" ad, e-mail for copy), or donated paper and magazine ad space. Get donated tv, radio, and billboard space.

10. Bring in corporate sponsors for the organization.

11. Research and write grants.

12. Speak to caretakers of chained dogs, hand deliver information. If the thought of face to face scares you, buy some doorhangers which you can hang on mailboxes or car or house doors. You can also print them out and make your own, instructions on the doorhanger page.

13. Fence a yard for a dog, get donated material, we will contribute, get others to help you put it in.

14. Buy and show the DDB Video or DVD presentation in your community, to schools, churches, groups, and lawmakers.

15. Dogs Deserve Better is looking for volunteers with professional skills!

Do you want to use your professional skills to help make a difference in the lives of chained dogs? Dogs Deserve Better has grown by leaps and bounds since we started in 2002. And we are getting too big for our britches!

We are looking for talented and dedicated professional people to take on the following volunteer roles, as well as a volunteer coordinator for each category:

Graphic/Web designers and masters—We need people with strong html and/or design experience to help maintain our ever-growing website.

Public and Media Relations people—Help bring public attention to the chaining issue and DDB by being a public relations and/or media contact for us. You should have experience with soliciting media coverage, talking and writing to the media via press releases and personal interviews. Radio and/or television experience would be welcomed!

Legislative Lobbyers—Do you have connections in local government and/or knowledge of how to get laws passed in your community? Then, we need your help desperately! This is where we can make the most difference—in getting anti-chaining laws passed! Please help put DDB out of business forever!

Foster Homes—Do you have a place in your heart and home for a rescued chained dog? We need fosters all around the country to help get these poor dogs back on their feet and fighting fit to be adopted to a forever home. Formerly chained dogs often have special issues and need patient and loving help with socialization and training. Not a job for the faint-hearted!

Transporters—We need help with transporting rescued dogs. If you feel you can take on a leg of a journey and don't mind getting a little mud in your car, then please call us! We sometimes transport dogs cross-country and really need volunteer drivers. Gas and mileage is tax deductible, so not only are you helping a dog on his way to a better life, you get to write it off!

Vet Care and Advice—Vet care is expensive and dogs rescued from the chain often need a lot of it! De-worming, shots, neutering and spaying, microchipping and taking care of wounds received from being outside 24/7 are just some of the vet services that we need donated. If you are a vet that that has seen one too many chains embedded in necks, or nails grown so long they curl, then please consider helping us get these dogs the care they so desperately need at a discounted or free rate.

Billboard and Bus Advertising Sponsorship—If you have contacts in this business and would like to help us by donating billboard or bus ad space, we would love to hear from you! Thousands of people a month will see the message that chaining or penning dogs 24/7 is wrong. This would also be a tax deductible donation and all artwork will be donated free of charge by the founder of DDB, Tammy Sneath Grimes.

Fundraisers—If you are a fundraiser or development/major gifts officer, we would like you to consider using your contacts to raise funds for Dogs Deserve Better. We can't help dogs without generous help from donors!

Additionally, we would love your input into ideas for fundraising programs, ideas for community outreach programs, and any other pertinent ideas you may have.


Contact Info: Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. • P.O. Box 23 • Tipton, PA 16684 • Toll Free 1.877.636.1408 • 814.941.7447
email: • Website designed and maintained by Crescent Communications


Dogs Deserve Better Membership
and Monthly Donations

Yes, I want to be a supporting member of the Dogs Deserve Better team! Here is my annual donation to help rescue and shelter needy chained and penned dogs, as well as to educate the public and push toward legislative efforts to protect these dogs.

We Now Take Phone Orders at 1.877.636.1408

Student/Senior Membership $15.00*
You'll Receive a Membership Card and our Quarterly Newsletter

Silver Annual Membership $25.00*
You'll Receive a Membership Card,
our Quarterly Newsletter and a Bumper Sticker

Gold Annual Membership $50.00*
You'll Receive a Membership Card, our Quarterly Newsletter,
a Bumper Sticker, and two Posters

Platinum Annual Membership $100.00*
You'll Receive our a Membership Card, our Quarterly Newsletter,
a Bumper Sticker and a Dogs Deserve Better T-Shirt

T-Shirt Size

Benefactor Annual Membership $1000.00*
You'll Receive our a Membership Card, our Quarterly Newsletter,
a car magnet, certificate, and a Dogs Deserve Better T-Shirt

T-Shirt Size

Printable Membership form in .pdf

We can now accept donations over the phone
using a major credit card at 1.877.636.1408

If you'd like to send a membership via regular USPS mail, print out this form,
fill it out, and send it with a check, money order, or credit card info to
Dogs Deserve Better
at P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684.

Monthly Donations

I'd like to set up a monthly donation schedule, as your mission is important to me, and I want to support Dogs Deserve Better and
help the chained dogs on an ongoing basis.

Monthly Donation $10.00

Monthly Donation $15.00

Monthly Donation $25.00

Monthly Donation $50.00

We can now accept monthly donations over the phone
using a major credit card at 1.877.636.1408

I'm already a member, or would like to think about it further.
Here is a donation to help in your efforts to free the chained dogs!

The goals of Dogs Deserve Better comprise the following six principals: advocate and become a voice for all dogs living chained outside; educate society to evolve a higher ethical and moral standard for the treatment of dogs living under these conditions; meet with owners of dogs chained outside to advocate on behalf of the dogs and discuss other options available to them; provide low-cost or no-cost fencing of yards to improve the quality of life for these dogs; provide low-cost or no-cost house training for dogs whose owners wish to bring them into the home; temporarily foster and find new homes for dogs whose owners wish them to have a better life but are unwilling or unable to provide that for them.

Visit our volunteer page for more ideas of how you can get involved.
Also, consider buying an item from our store. By doing so, you will be providing us with dollars to support our efforts and at the same time spreading the word in an uplifting, fun, and beautiful message.


*All memberships are supporting and sponsoring memberships, and carry no voting privileges or duties as laid out in the organizational bylaws. We appreciate the support!


Success Stories
Get Laws!
Adopt Me!
Area Reps
In The News
In Memory Of
Pictures of Chained Dogs
Articles and Links
Dog Links

Contact Info: Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. • P.O. Box 23 • Tipton, PA 16684 • Toll Free 1.877.636.1408 • 814.941.7447
email: • Website designed and maintained by Crescent Communications

Make a Donation

Here we'll talk about how to make a donation, reminding people that charitable contributions are tax deductible.

Write a Letter or Sign a Petition

Here we might list the names of people to write to or suggest signing an online petition.

(507) 236-4417