Fences For Fido unchains 1000th dog

Portland-based, all-volunteer nonprofit Fences For Fido (FFF) builds fences free of charge for families with dogs living outdoors on chains. The organization reached a great milestone March 28, unchaining its 1000th fido in Gaston, Oregon.

“Cupcake,” a sweet Shepherd mix, was given a fence, as well as a new insulated doghouse by 6th grade students at Chehalem Valley Middle School in Newberg.  The build took place on the eve of FFF’s 6th anniversary.

"Each dog we unchain is known and loved regardless of the number," says FFF Founder, Kelly Peterson.  "The number is important and symbolic only because it demonstrates what we have accomplished together."

Those accomplishments include helping put in effect Oregon's Anti-Tethering Law (HB 2783) a year ago.  The law has been instrumental in helping animal control and law enforcement see to the untethering of many dogs, including Cupcake.