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Fences For Fido

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To build fences for dogs living most of their lives outside.

Programs: Fences for fido direct service program - educating dog owners on the importance of interacting with their animal and providing complimentary fences and vet care for dogs that have spent most of their lives on a chain.

unchaining approximately 100 dogs during the year, with majority of the funding coming from donations and contributions.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

The DIRECTOR is a very rude entitled person to work with and a volunteer name Michelle does not listen to the client and does what she wants. I had this organization put a fence up several years ago had different dogs at that time. When the fence was built I was told any time there was a issue with the fence get a hold of the organization and they would come out and take care of it. I did just that first request ignored second request tried to find every reason under the sun not to assist with the fence that they put up. Finallly agreed to help put a plan in play then a volunteer changed it fence got worked on eventually. It was not the original plan and a week later almost to the day my dog got out AGAIN! I would rather keep him on a chain than deal with this organization EVER again. They are unprofessional and there is a lot of miscommunication/lack of between the volunteers and the director that they say run the orginazation. If you are a potential donor reading this please know that if the fence is built from scratch it is great but if there are any issues with THIER enclosure after the original build they are a nightmare to get to come back out and assist with getting it in working order again. When they do come out to fix it they do not take the time to make sure it is done as well as when they first build it. I plan to report them to help prevent this from happening to other families that think they are getting a life long solution to having thier dog on a chain. At least on a chain they cannot get out and get hurt!

Deborah C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fences For Fido built and constructed a dog house and a fence for my "Charlie Lee Jones". A rescue from Salem through Hopes Haven. My rescue on a Christmas Eve who ended up rescuing me. This dog needed me as much as I needed him! Through my abusive relationship Charlie was there for me 100%, 24-7. I would sit crying, and dying inside and Charlie would be there. His shared his will to live with me and kept me going throughout the worst. He gave hugs! Charlie's heartbeat could be felt while I held him and cried. He stayed strong and brave. I was all he had and he needed me. He was a special rescue because he couldn't be adopted. He had issues. People were afraid of him. He growled and barked at everybody. He kept getting returned. His family was desperate to find him a home and it wasn't looking good. Charlie and I hit it off and have been connected from our first eye lock. I was eventually taken out of the abusive situation and was moved into a new place to stay with family. "No Dogs" I couldn't part with my best friend, but that looked liked what was going to have to happen. My non-adoptable fur baby would not do good in a shelter and I knew without being able to be adopted, he would surely die. I was broken. Fences for Fido heard my story and expedited a build for us. Charlie was off his tie and had an insulated dog house to go into during the winter. He loves his area and he loves me. I could not see life without my Charlie and was devastated with thinking of living without him. Fences For Fido enabled us to stay together. With Charlie in his fenced area, he was able to remain on property. The plan is to find and secure a home for Charlie and me and I work on it daily. I tell him stories of how hard I'm working on it for him. He is getting used to living outside and doesn't cry all night for me anymore, howling his little lonely cries. We have each other still and I am thankful with every breath I take. Thanks to Fences For Fido we have each other still. That dog is my hero and my reason for making it out to safety. Fences For Fido made it possible for me to keep my fur baby alive. I could not surrender him ever, for anybody for any reason. We still have each other every day, and that is a miracle. Fences for Fido moves mountains and make smiles happen. They give happiness and share their love. So much care goes into their every build. Charlie Lee Jones and me give thanks over and over. I had nothing left and was about to lose the only thing keeping me going, my dog, my friend. Fences For Fido went to work right away and took on our case without judgement or questions. Beyond anything I've ever experienced. I love them!

Sylvia H M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So glad I found this group! Fences for Fido is made up of so many amazing people. And what they do for Fidos and their families is wonderful!! There is no better feeling then seeing the happiness from a pup as they zoom through their new yard off a chain.❤

Nicki H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to escape artist huskies and fences for Fido was able to help me keep my healthy and safe and away from everybody else's chickens LOL

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work these people do. Helping voiceless animals and the people who love them❣️

Leslie A.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Almost 40 years ago I had to give up my beloved Great Dane and carefully screened the person adopting him. One agreement we made was that he would never be put on a chain as he was deathly afraid and would choke himself trying to get out while barking frantically. I dropped by for an unannounced visit as we agreed on. My dog was gone sent to a “trainer” who had told the man to shoot him with a BB gun to stop the barking while he was chained.
Every time I donate and every time I hear about another dog being freed, I cry with happiness and send some love to heaven for my gentle giant! Thank you for your hard work and devotion to these dogs who deserve the love and freedom you give! ❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I've been following their stories for several months now and love how they are helping dog owners keep their fur babies safe and free. I have plans to volunteer with Fences for Fido in the near future, as I believe in their cause. Thank you. Carol Sherrell

Lauren B.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fences for Fido is such a fabulous resource and organization for our community. I have personally seen the dedication they have to the dogs and people they serve. There’s no one like them!!

Kelsi C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fences For Fido is an amazing group! The individuals who are responsible for pulling this together have the largest hearts and make families trust them. Changing a dogs life greatly effects the family and community as well. Long time supporter and volunteer!

Paula P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been on a few poll setting and fence builds, but each time was a lot of fun. Leadership and guidance was great, very skillful, helpful and able to keep several people busy. Meeting other people and seeing the dogs zoom in their new freedom make the day very worth while!

Adrienne S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non profit organization is hands on and determined to untether and wi nterize dog houses. Through huge hearted volunteers who receive nothing more than seeing happy dogs run free in their yards. They are relentless and compassionate. I've volunteered once and had the honor of meeting these wonderful people.

Amy D.7

Donor

Rating: 5

My friend volunteered with this organization and told me of a fund raising event. I was immediately in support once I learned all they do for dogs. Dogs are a wonderful companion for humans and when they are ignored or abused the good people must intervene. I feel Fences for Fido is a group of very kind and generous people that work tirelessly to give dogs the freedom and care they deserve. I donated $100 that night and felt proud to support this nonprofit. My pre-teen daughter was with me at this event and exposing her to this caliber of leadership had a lasting effect on her expectations of humanity. I look forward to another opportunity to contribute to this well deserved group.
Thank you,
Amy Davis

Mary K.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only does volunteering to help build a fence for a dog on a chain or tether help the dog
It stirs your heart
You meet new friends 2 & 4 legged
You have a purpose
You help make lives happier

Gayle G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization, dedicated to humane treatment for our four-legged family members.

Nicole H.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love building fences! I never built a fence before my first build and the crew leads showed me everything I needed to know. Now I sign up for every build I can get to. The look on the dogs face when they realize there isn't a chain to hold them back anymore is absolutely priceless and brings tears to my eyes every time.

I'm so glad I discovered this amazing organization and the awesome people that volunteer. I can't say enough just how much fun I have every time with the FUN crew. Fences Up North in Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor counties in lovely Washington State!

Ryan D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I followed FFF on Facebook for awhile. About a year ago, I noticed they were building a fence for a needy dog in my area. I decided to sign up for the build along with my wife. We showed up for the build and were met with a great group of volunteers, which showed us the process of the build. Everything we needed they had and it was planned out very well. Once you see a recently chained up dog run free in a fenced area you helped create, you are hooked, at least I was. In the past year I have been part of approximately 15 fence builds. I can tell you it never gets old watching dogs previously chained up or in a small kennel, run free. As far as FFF goes... There is a wonderful group of volunteers who are very welcoming to new comers. The process is very straight forward and we’ll established.

Donor

Rating: 5

And incredibly well run charity that helps the saddest of dogs chained up in their backyards. They help the dogs achieve freedom and help owners who sometimes don’t have another choice or just need to be educated about the options. So appreciative for all of their great work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve followed Fences for Fido for years. I have seen what they have done for both the dogs AND their people. This organization is AMAZING.

Jenny Grizzle D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen how grateful the recipients (both dog and human) are to receive this help. Watching a dog run free for (sometimes) the first time is so rewarding. My husband and I enjoy our time volunteering for this worthwhile organization!

Holly Hanan W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend was stress because she moved on a property that had no fences the safety of her dogs was her utmost concern. I found fences for Fido and they came out right away took one look at the property and knew what they had to do. They've given my friend some peace of mind and they've ensured the safety of the dogs. This group is wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I lived in SW Washington, I had the honor to volunteer for Fences for Fido for about five years. I met them when they built a fence to get my neighbor's dog off of a chain and I was hooked. These people are the real deal! An all volunteer group, they give up their Saturday mornings to build fences for families in need. No judgment here; just compassion for the animals and their people. After living back east for a few years, I am thrilled to have moved to Oregon where I am once again volunteering for Fences for Fido. Through them I've met the most amazing people who share my passion for these worthy animals. The group also goes to other parts of the country to help volunteers there learn how to build fences. What a fabulous organization!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have noticed the great fences that these folks build, to free dogs from chains. The dogs always appear to ne so happy . Never seen a harder working bunch of volunteers

Amanda Theobald P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fences for Fido is an amazing group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers who ensure that every dog they can reach lives their lives unchained and has room to run courtesy of the free fencing and fence builds they provide. Sometimes they only hear about a dog at the end of their life, but even a few days or months of freedom are life changing for the dogs they help. Seeing the zoomies of dogs newly freed from tethering is breathtaking and beautiful!

Maggie T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from FFF that had been terribly neglected by its previous owner. My sweet girl will have a lifetime of health issues. FFF has been paying for her special diet and veterinary care. Without them, this dog would not have made it. She is thriving and I am so thankful for them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally have been fortunate with my dogs & was able to provide our own fence. However, I know many families don’t have the means & they want to keep their dog safe, therefore, they keep them tied up. With no judgement, “Fences For Fido” has worked tirelessly to raise money to provide a fence, dog house & toys not just to comply with the “tethering law”, but for the safety & well being of a family pet. Kudos to this organization & to all the volunteers & businesses who help make this possible unchaining one dog at a time!

Brian H.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities I have ever had. Easing the suffering of dogs weekly.

forpittiessake

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most pawesome group of people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life! I met them 5years ago. Decided to go to a fence build to see what it's all about. When I seen that dog realize it was off the chain for the first time and run around like a crazy puppy I was hooked! This group of people take their personal time to build a fence so a dog can be off the chain. They come from all walks of life to do one thing. Unchain a dog. They do this in no matter what weather. They don't want anything but to see a dog getting freedom! That's all. As I heard stated by someone when they were watching us build a fence in the nastiest weather. "This is love in action"!. Seeing a dog free for the first time is so very rewarding!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What if you had to spend all day tied to a tree by a chain? In the sun, in the rain. Fences for Fido builds fences and takes dogs off thier chains. They build fences so dogs can run free and provide dog houses so the pups are out of the elements and have a safe place to sleep.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a nonprofit that really makes a difference and uses volunteer time to directly impact the lives of others. The fence builds are touching and may leave you with tears of joy. We just got new neighbors and it turns out that they also volunteer with Fences For Fido and have a super sweet dog that they adopted from them! If you are looking to do some hands on life changing work for some deserving pups (and sometimes other animals) then this is the place for you. If you don't have the time to get hands on and build a fence that's okay, I am sure they will gladly accept whatever donation you are able to give, they are absolutely worth it and are doing life changing work that you can see and be a part of. This group is accountable and you can be sure every ounce you donate is going directly to changing lives.
Fences For Fido is pure love and compassion in action!

3 Lovey Love G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fences For Fido are miracle workers in my opinion. As a dog lover, I had watched several dogs changed for several years, to guard a business near me. Neighbors including myself tried with no avail to get rescue organizations to help in this dire situation.When I heard of this group, they were called. They came immediately and began their work to unchain what turned out to be 5 dogs scattered around the property. Some were hidden in dark, muddy areas surrounded by bushes and work trucks. Most were isolated from each other. Puppies and two of the chained dogs were relinquished and adopted out. Dogs remaining received their own fenced yard with dog house, bedding, straw over muddy areas, toys, treats and several return visits by the volunteers who had fallen in love with these dogs. All were spayed and neutered. Some had extra vet visits for their health. It has been a year since FFF began helping the "Railroad 5" and their tireless efforts still continue to this day for these 5 dogs. Fences For Fido and their members exemplify to me, that helping dogs doesnt stop at food, water and shelter. They are raising the standard for truly helping dogs. This is the way it should be and I am glad to see this first hand. They have changed the lives of Gordo, Nike, Dodger, Tryke and Shanaenae, and hundreds of others and changed my life too. Keleen Bailey

3 Meredith O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFF makes a difference in the lives of dogs and their families in a matter of hours - you can see it happen before your eyes and it's so rewarding to be a part of. I have been on fence builds and I also adopted a wonderful dog whose family was a FFF recipient, but ultimately chose to surrender their dog. We love our silly, wonderful boy - even after years of being tied up outside and uncared for, he's adapted amazingly to being an indoor dog who comes to work with me, goes to daycare, and interacts daily with other dogs and people. Without FFF we never would have found this wonderful boy, and he would still be tied up outside on a short chain with poor shelter. The organization is all volunteer and the passion the volunteers have is contagious. It's fun to volunteer and again, it's an incredibly rewarding experience.

2 Pam_22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been building fences with Fences for Fidos for almost a year now. I do one build a month, and I look forward to those Saturdays so much! The work is rewarding, and all the great people I have worked with are so kind and friendly. This is an amazing charity with real, caring dog people. I am so proud to be associated with Fences for Fidos that I became a monthly donor, too.

1 Cindy45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to volunteer for Fences For Fido but I work on the weekend. Then about 15 months ago, I responded to their plea on Facebook for someone to foster a Mama Cat and her 7 kittens. I contacted them and became a foster parent for Fences For Fido. I am AMAZED every time I foster a dog or cats (usually kittens) for Fences For Fido because usually the animal is in need a more than the usual medical care. They never bat an eye at the cost; they just want any surrendered dog to heal physically and heal mentally. If ever I have a need for a particular foster, such as special food, or a dog coat etc, all I have to do is let that need be known and usually within hours someone steps up and fills that need. I found my niche in the volunteer world at Fences for Fido as a foster parent and they are supportive and loving to me and anything I think my foster needs. This charity started from the hearts of a few and has blossomed into the hearts of the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is incredibly rewarding to volunteer with Fences For Fido. FFF makes a huge difference in the life of a chained dog in just a few hours time. A fence goes up, thanks to generous donors and eager volunteers, and the chains come off. Hearing family children squeal with glee at being able to play with their dog is incredible. Seeing the gratitude on the faces of the families is heartwarming. Watching the dogs become re-energized with life is amazing! Please keep donating to this powerful organization. One dog at a time, FFF makes a difference for dogs, children, families, neighborhoods, and entire communities!

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The more volunteers I work with at Fences for Fido the more I truly admire and respect the work of this group. All volunteers, with 100% of donated funds going to make life so much better for dogs. I've seen sad, dirty, bored, hurting, dejected dogs literally transform into happy, active, playful beings once the heavy chains are unclipped from their necks. Many times the love exists between owners and dogs, but money, skill, know-how, or something equally straightforward to resolve is all that stands in the way of setting dogs free from a chained and miserable existence. Check the FFF website to learn more. www.fencesforfido.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE what this group does. I have only been on a few fence builds and helped with some events but they will forever hold a huge special place in my heart for the kindness and compassion they show the Dogs they free!