Chaining of dogs is at an all-time high. In fact, a chained dog is one of the most common forms of neglect attended to by the Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch (AWSS).

A dog on a chain suffers both physically and psychologically. These animals are companions by nature. When chained, their natural behaviour is limited and they live in frustration.

Unfortunately, the chaining of dogs is not illegal in South Africa. It is for this reason that AWSS have launched a campaign titled ‘Change 2 break Chains’.

Dogs may end up chained for a few different reasons. AWSS has found that inadequate fencing is one of the most common reasons. The law requires that owners keep their dogs secured on their property. In order to abide by this legal requirement, and to ensure they don’t receive complains or have run-in’s with the law, owners chain their dogs.

AWSS saves dogs who have suffered from life-threatening issues which are commonly a direct result of being chained. Issues include malnourishment and emaciation, embedded chains or collar wounds, parasitic (tick, flea and worm) infestation, and overgrown or broken nails.

The Change 2 Break Chains campaign aims to break the chains for those helpless animals living a life of confinement by better educating pet owners and the public.

For R1000, you can build a fence and free a dog from misery. AWSS wants you to challenge your friends, family, colleagues, and local businesses to join in and break the chains.

For more information contact Jessica Perrins 021 883 9129 / [email protected]

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