Improving the lives of outside dogs certainly includes “getting them off the chain”. ⛓🐾
Several years ago, HOWS was blessed to have both the financial and human resources to create a fencing division for organization! 🙌 Thanks to our fencing leads and volunteers, as well as supporters, we ￼have erected several dozen fences, freeing roughly twice as many dogs from their tethers! 🐶😊
￼Our fencing team leader duo recently retired, and we are looking for someone (or two) who might have interest in continuing to lead our efforts￼￼￼ to unchain outside dogs. 🙏
💪 We have a seasoned HOWS volunteer interested in assisting our new leader(s), and we have a waiting list of dogs as well as a budget and system in place to support our efforts.￼￼ 👍￼ We are looking for someone who has an attention to detail and is somewhat mechanically inclined. The Lead(s) would be responsible for coordinating the fence builds with the clients, coordinating the collection of materials for the builds, and executing the builds themselves. 🐾🐾🐾 Collection and transport of materials can be done with the use of HOWS vehicles.￼￼ 🛻🚐 And, though we have done permanent fencing in the past, our focus is much more these days on panel fencing. These go up quicker with fewer volunteers.￼ That said, the number of fences per year can be as few or as many as can be handled by our fence team. We’ve done as few as a handful per year and as many as 13 per year.
Fence builds tend to draw volunteers as they are truly feel-good events! 💟 ￼ If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please let us know. We would love to talk with you! 😁￼ And if not, please be so kind as to share this post!￼￼ We know a few dogs that would really appreciate it😉￼
The Story of Max 🐾❤️ (spoiler: it has a happy ending ✨)
HOWS met Max in November of 2017. ￼￼The neighbor had called us, asking if we could do anything to improve his life. 😥 Max lived at the far corner of his people’s property, with a very large igloo as shelter. We provided a more suitably sized dog house, straw bedding, and a few other “comforts”. It was obvious this poor guy was lonely (and cold), and we suggested they consider bringing him inside. They weren’t super receptive to us being there at all, let alone the suggestions we provided. We did what we could and then left. 😕 We visited Max a few more times over the years. He was always fat, always happy for the company, always alone and lonely at the corner of the property. Discussions with his people ranged from helping to vet him (for a skin condition on his legs) to helping to rehome him (if they ever wanted that) to helping to euthanize him (if he started to decline and they couldn’t financially afford it). As Max was quite visible from the road, neighbors would openly stop by during our visits and praise our efforts to do any sort of thing for this lonely little Jack Russell. There were many folks concerned for him, but not much that could be done without consent from his people.
And then the call came. 🙌 📞 A week ago, Max’s people reached out asking if we could provide “safe haven” for him; they had been told by Animal Control that Max was not allowed to be tied in the extreme heat. ☀️They did not wish to bring him “in”, and realized to simply untether him would likely result in Max getting hit by a car. They loved him enough to realize it was best for Max to be rehomed. (thank goodness) HOWS partnered with the amazing team at Squishy Faced Crew rescue (out of Fredericksburg), and Max is now safe and sound - at age 14… no longer alone and lonely at the end of a chain at the corner of the property. 💟🐾
Special thanks to Alice Brown O’Conner for connecting us to SFC Virginia; and to Ryan and Lauren from SFC for making this dream come true for Max. ❤️❤️❤️
He looks very excited to start his new life at 14 years young ❤️
Thanks for hanging in there with Max.
And his last few years can be filled with love!!!
Oh sweet, sweet little Max!!! I am so glad animal control reinforced the law!! ❤️
I love this happy ending for sweet Max! ❤️
A new beginning for precious Max🐾❤️
I love you guys and how you make such a big difference in the lives of these dogs. ❤️ I donate frequently to help!
Yay! He looks like such a fun little guy! 😍
It's never too late
You HOWS people are so kind and helpful; thanks so much!!❤️🐶🌻
Yay for Max!!!!
What a great outcome, even if there was a bath in the mix, lol! Max will probably grow to love them!
Thank you for never giving up on him!
I'm so glad you helped Max. I will never understand why people get dogs just to treat them this way. Jack Russell's are such people dogs.
This is a great rescue story. Thank you for the wonderful work you do. I have to disagree, his owners didn’t love him. This was abuse and torture. Max is now going to know what life as a loved dog really is.
Jacks are so forgiving and loving. Our Jack has to be with one of us at all times we are home. They are people dogs, so I imagine him for years dreaming of a team of people who would come one day, scoop him up in their arms and give him love, comfort and a refreshing bath. He's gorgeous! <3
Lauren Hoover Rogers ❤️
Pssst- we are SFC Virginia on Facebook 🙂
Thank you for all you’ve done for max and happy to see where he can go from here!
Just a few photo updates from Max. He’s inside, warm, cozy and he showed us yesterday he clearly had no idea how to do steps. We are moving very slow with him but he is doing as well as can be expected.
Team HOWS 07/23/22 ￼(Darlene Hinton, Gaby Ford, and Stacey Norris) spent the day in ￼￼99 degree heat ￼to help 18 dogs and 3 kit kats ☀️🐶🐱😮 Recipients included: Luna, Maggie, Elsa, Cheerio, Toby, Bella, Tigger, Zoe, Cally, and 12 unnamed beagles. We were fortunately blessed to be working quite a bit in the shade. 🌳
￼￼We provided *much needed* flea/tick preventative to all of them, plus other case by case supplies like dog food, leashes, pine bedding, ￼and food bowls. 💟
We thought we’d be supplying 2 HOWSes to Cheerio and Toby, but it turned out they were looking pretty thin, 😔 so we changed the game plan and got their person to agree that they need to remain *inside* to increase their weights and keep a close eye on them. 🙌They also agreed to walk them daily on their new 6-foot leads to help them work off some of their energy so they didn’t destroy their home.🦮🦮
3️⃣ of the beagles were surrendered to us. The plan for them is to be taken into the BREW rescue next weekend; in the meantime, the kind folks at the Louisa Animal Shelter are keeping them safe and sound. They, like so many other shelters, are full, but they found temporary space for them regardless. Thank you Beth and Diane! 🤗🤗
So much good comes from working together with like-minded people. Way more comfortable critters tonight. ☮️💟🐶🐱
If you would like to be a part of this kind of animal-loving experience, we’d love to have you along! Volunteer for a HOWS field day🙂 Guarantee you’ll feel sooooo good about it!