Nonprofit Builds Fences for Pet Owners With Chained-Up Dogs

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Published: November 06, 2018
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Image via Facebook/The Fence Project Des Moines

The Fence Project of Des Moines, an Iowa nonprofit, provides outdoor improvements for local homeowners with dogs in need. Some of the improvements include six-foot fences, dog houses, custom pet beds and yard cleanup.

“We’ve seen dogs that have been chained up for their whole lives … and they may be 10 years old,” Fence Project board member Ben Rupp tells WhoTV. “They’ve never had the experience of running free.”

The group of volunteers successfully built 95 fences for pet owners over the past seven years.

The canine recipients of these outdoor improvements are selected based on need. According to the Fence Project of Des Moines website, the dogs that receive assistance first are those that are outside 24/7, either chained up or in kennels, isolated from human and canine companionship, and with little protection from the elements.

The site explains that the selection process is not based on the homeowners.

WhoTV reports that each fence can cost up to $500 and the group of volunteers rely solely on donations.

If you are interested in supporting this project, you can visit the Fence Project of Des Moines Facebook page.

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