Enjoy the amazing feeling of changing the lives of dogs with Dogs Deserve Better. Every effort, large and small, helps these special animals. Here are some concrete ways to make a difference today.
Area Rep and Community Awareness
Give your time or be a rep for Dogs Deserve Better in your area. Become a member and help us prove there is strength in numbers. Show the chained dog video, wear one of our colorful t-shirts, or apply a sticker or magnet to your window/car to educate and provoke thought in those around you.
Spread the Word
Get brochures and put them out in your area, vets offices, restaurants, travel plazas, etc. Print your own if you'd like, or email us and we’ll send some to you, which you can copy to make more.
Buy and hang our high-quality, inexpensive 11x17 posters in your area. They are made to hold up well in the outdoors in all types of weather.
Get donations or negotiate a free billboard in your local area with our billboard designs. We can provide you tips on what has helped us persuade billboard companies in the past.
Print out one or more of the 8.5x11 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).
- I Am Unseen Poster (Small)
- Snowball's Generation Poster (Small)
- Bush Legislation Poster (Small)
- Would Jesus Chain His Dogs? Poster (Small)
- Man Hugs Dog Poster (Small)
- Winter Poster (Small)
- Cold Poster (Small)
- Santa Leaves a Note Poster
Run a booth for the organization at a pet fair or other event in your community. All the materials can be printed here, from our website.
Solicit donated public service announcements (PSAs) for radio and TV. 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. Visit our Media page for PSA copy and recorded PSAs.
Speak to caretakers of chained dogs, hand deliver information. We can give you talking points that have proven successful. If the thought of face-to-face scares you, buy some door hangers which you can hang on mailboxes or car or house doors. You can also print them out and make your own.
Show the DDB Video, or one of our PowerPoint presentations in your community, to schools, churches, groups, and lawmakers.
Make phone calls. We need people to make phone calls for various projects, such as special campaigns, legislative, media, corporate sponsors, donor “thank yous,” etc.
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 drafted letters you can use. Please send this letter to your local and state representatives and senators.
- Letter for State Representatives (DOC)
- Letter for State Representatives (PDF)
- Letter to the Editor (DOC)
- Letter to the Editor (PDF)
Build a Fence or Drive
Build a fence for a dog(s) whose caretakers want to provide a better life. DDB can help you get materials and recruit other volunteers to help.
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 a tax write-off!
Share Professional Skills
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 as we grow, we need more help with specialized projects!
We are looking for talented and dedicated professionals to take on the following volunteer roles, for each category:
Graphic/Web design - We need people with strong html and/or design experience to help maintain our ever-growing website.
Public and Media Relations - 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 Lobbying - 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!
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 formerly chained dogs socialized and ready to be adopted to a forever home. Fostering saves two lives - the one fostered and the room created to bring in another. PLEASE consider opening your heart and home to a foster dog. Visit our foster page by clicking here.
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, micro-chipping 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 the advertising 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 print-ready artwork will be provided.
Fundraising - If you are a fundraiser, grant writer, special events planner, 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.
Administrative - Help with occasional clerical duties or special projects that can be done at home.
Home Visits - We're always looking for volunteers to help with foster and adoption home visits and to screen applications.
Investigative Research - We need “sleuths” to find information for letter campaigns, local law enforcement/animal control/animal rescue contact information, research animal cruelty/chaining information, verify addresses, legislation and more.
Additionally, we would love your input for fundraising programs, community outreach programs, and how we can improve DDB programs.