Dogs Deserve Better, Inc.

Rating: 4.04 stars   118 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Animals, Education

Location: 1915 Moonlight Rd. Smithfield VA 23430 USA

Mission: To bring dogs into the home and family from a chained or penned existence. Three aspects of societal needs are addressed to accomplish this mission: Education, Legislation, and Rescue and Rehabilitation.Through education, we elevate individual standards for animal treatment through direct one-on-one and group contact.Through Legislation, we work towards passage of more humane laws to protect dogs from living at the end of a chain for life or enclosed in a small space with little to no human contact.Through rescue and rehabilitation we create better lives for individual dogs by fencing yards, helping with housetraining and fostering, spay / neuter and finding the dog a new inside home and family.
Target demographics: dogs living chained or penned for life.
Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of chained and penned dogs.
Geographic areas served: the U.S. and abroad
Programs: rescue and rehabilitation of chained dogs, educational programs to include a Have a Heart for Chained Dogs campaign, mailing campaigns to households that have dogs outside, grassroots legislative efforts, activist campaigns such as Chain Off and protests of hoarding situations, and Hero Fund Vet Care Grants for rescuers and the chained dogs they help.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I run and operate a lard breed animal rescue, we have asked and received fast response, I have used them I believe 3 maybe 4 times. This is a program doing a Great job for the public, There is so much RED TAPE , when i couldn't find any help the animal cause i didn't have my nonprofit go though at that point. all they asked was for me to give them the info and photos and once we had them healthy
for you guys that have heard bad things,

This group is great, maybe helpful to a fault if anything, Dogs Deserve Better are there to help animals, and I would hope that the horrible dog fighting people, don't come out on top

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not a thing

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