Fences For Fido mourns “First Fido”
The dog that was the first to be unchained by animal welfare organization Fences For Fido passed away in January due to complications from cancer. Chopper, a yellow Lab mix, had spent several years chained to a tree in a NE Portland yard before a small group of women got together in May 2009 to build a fence so he could run free. Inspired, the women continued their work of unchaining dogs and educating the public on the dangers and cruelty of chaining, leading to a cause that has, to date, freed more than 650 dogs from tethers and chains. “He leaves a legacy that still grows,” says a statement on the FFF website, “We will always remember the big yellow dog who started it all.” Read more at FencesForFido.org.