Top Dog - Innovative Programming in Animal Welfare
Winner: Fences For Fido
503-621-9225 * FencesForFido.org
Philosophy/Mission: All-volunteer nonprofit Fences For Fido builds fences at no cost in its mission to free dogs from the frustration and loneliness of life outside at the end of the chain. They also provide every Fido a custom-built, insulated dog house and warm bed. For some, it’s the first time they’ve experienced or known freedom, real shelter, or even comfort. FFF’s volunteer fence-building crews celebrate the unchaining of each Fido, marking the event as one of the happiest in the dog’s and the family’s life. The group builds fences to allow families to form closer bonds with their dogs, extending love and care far beyond the broken chains. Volunteer members of FFF revisit Fidos served yearly, making sure they remain safe, healthy, and chain free. In truth, they say, the volunteers’ lives are deeply touched and inspired by what they witness on every fence-build day.
Claim to Fame/Signature Product or Service: Fences For Fido is less than 5 years old, and they’ve already moved mountains for Oregon’s chained dogs. To date, they have unchained and provided insulated dog houses for more than 650 dogs!
Community Involvement, Special Notes: In 2013, Fences For Fido was instrumental in helping pass Oregon’s House Bill 2783, which clarifies the requirements for humane care, shelter and bedding, and limits the number of hours statewide that a dog can be tethered. In short, this new law effectively eliminates chaining as a primary means of confining a dog, and gives law enforcement a tool to better educate families about responsible pet ownership. Fences For Fido will continue to help Oregon families as they work to comply with this new law, and will openly share best practices with individuals and organizations around the country as they unchain dogs in their own communities.
2nd Place: The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank
3632 SE 20th Ave, Portland
503-939-7555 * ThePongoFund.org
3rd Place: PAW Team
2700 NW Front Ave, Portland
503-227-5477 * PAWTeam.org