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Mission &
members

 

Dogs Deserve Better is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the chained or penned dog as well as helping the dog who is abused, neglected, homeless and abandoned. Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and help the dog find a home where they can live inside with a loving and caring family.

 
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Our Mission

The mission of Dogs Deserve Better, Inc., is to provide a better life for abused, neglected and abandoned canines; especially those which are chained or penned without human companionship. We strive to accomplish this through advocating for humane legislation; promoting spay and neuter; educating communities on animal welfare; and rescuing and rehabilitating distressed canines. Virginia serves as our headquarters and is the temporary home to 20+ dogs who have been rescued from a life of despair.


We strive to advocate and become a voice for dogs living chained or penned outside and for those who have suffered from neglect or abuse. We work hard to educate society to evolve to higher ethical and moral standards for the treatment of dogs living under these conditions. Often we will meet with caretakers of dogs chained outside to advocate on behalf of the dogs and discuss other options available to them. We work with families to help them provide a better life for their dog and their family. When available, we provide fencing grants to those willing to bring their dogs inside but lack the means to put up a fence so their dog is safe within their yard while spending appropriate amounts of time outside.

 
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Charlene Boyajian

President

volunteer Board of Directors

We have an all volunteer Board of Directors, committed to saving dogs from
a life of abuse and neglect, every single day.


GILDA SOLOMON
Vice President

CAROL ATTIA
DVM, Treasurer

KARI KOLAR
Commonwealth Attorney, Member

TRACY CARR
Secretary

CANDACE EDWARDS
Member

DENISE COHN
Member

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Meet The Team

John Bartlett   Director of Philanthropy and Awareness

John Bartlett
Director of Philanthropy and Awareness

Melissa Crampton   Canine Manager

Melissa Crampton
Canine Manager

Brooke Bryant  Assistant Canine Manager

Brooke Bryant
Assistant Canine Manager

 
Megan Jay  Lead Caretaker/Trainer

Megan Jay
Lead Caretaker/Trainer

Dana Karstensen-Bryan  Project Manager

Dana Karstensen-Bryan
Project Manager

Daria Goff  Caretaker/Trainer

Daria Goff
Caretaker/Trainer

Jessica Outten  Office Manager

Jessica Outten
Office Manager

Zeko Wezah  Facility Grounds Manager

Zeko Wezah
Facility Grounds Manager


 

DDB Branches & Reps.

 

Dogs Deserve Better has individual branches, or reps, in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Each of these amazing representatives work tirelessly, and without judgement, in under-serviced communities and rural areas where, many times, dogs are kept chained or penned. Their work includes educational outreach, helping families to build dog houses and fencing, as well as helping with all medical needs. We cannot do what we do without our superstar “reps” and we welcome anyone who is interested in becoming a Dogs Deserve Better representative in their community. 

 

Our Principles

 
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BE THE VOICE

We strive to advocate and become a voice for dogs living chained or penned outside and for those who have suffered from neglect or abuse.

 
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EDUCATION

We work hard to educate society to evolve to higher ethical and moral standards for the treatment of dogs living under these conditions.

 
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WORKING TOGETHER

We work with caretakers and families to help them provide a better life for their dog and their family.

 
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GRANTS

When available, we also provide Hero Grants to assist individuals and non-profit rescues with the cost of routine vet care (exam and vaccines) for formerly penned or chained dogs, as well as spay/neuter.

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