Unchain A Dog Month:

Friends Don't Chain Friends

January is Unchain A Dog Month. This campaign was created in order to spread awareness about the damaging effects that chaining has on dogs. Dogs are naturally social beings who need interaction with humans and/or other animals. Being restrained for long periods of time can severely damage their physical and psychological well-being.

In Vietnam, as in all over the world, countless pets are tied up with chains, ropes, or even plastic tethers wrapped uncomfortably around their necks, some spending their entire lives at the end of a chain.

At Paws for Compassion, we believe that dogs are part of the family. Not only do they need food, water, and veterinary care, but they also need love, affection, and companionship!

Why is being chained up bad for dogs?

Dogs should be protected from the natural elements and extreme weather, as eatstrokes, dehydration, insect bites, frostbite, etc. can pose a real danger to chained up dogs. Puppies, older dogs, and dogs with short hair are especially at risk of developing health problems if they’re chained outside in the cold or the heat.

Chains are hurting dogs. Some chained dogs die from strangulation after the rope or chain becomes wrapped around their neck, or they suffer horrific pain and can contract an infection when their collar is digging into their neck.

Owners who chain their dogs are more likely to neglect their pets. Irregular feedings, empty or overturned water bowls, and soiled sleeping areas—these dogs live in unsanitary conditions.

Dogs need regular exercise to keep them healthy and happy.

The damages of long-term restraint are not only physical. Chained dogs are unhappy, bored, nervous, and can even become very aggressive, especially when approached. Tragically, children, unaware of the risks, are often the first victims of attacks from chained dogs. Long-term, intensive confinement can lead to severe behavioral issues in dogs.

As we advocate for the end of chaining, we believe that dogs should ideally live indoors. If it is not possible, they should be provided with a safe, escape-proof enclosure with proper shelter, where they may express natural behaviours and have access to fresh water and proper dog food. All dogs should receive regular exercise and be provided with adequate love, attention, food, water, and veterinary care.

What to do if you see someone else’s dog chained up ?

Talk to the owner, offer to watch, entertain, or walk their pet when needed.

If you notice a pet being chained up in Danang, contact us. We offer assistance, free harnesses, and informative pamphlets (in English and Vietnamese) to hopefully inspire more people to spend time with their pets rather than tether them up all day.

It is important not to judge these people because they might be doing so out of love and concern for their animals, to keep them from running away or being taken. Approach them with kindness and offer to help them!

We have been working hard for years to educate the community on pet welfare, and we are 100% funded by our incredible volunteers, donors, and partners. We receive no government funding, so all the work we do relies on people like you deciding to help out the precious animals in such desperate need of care. By donating, you will help us:

>> Buy more harnesses to hand out for free

>> Print more pamphlets to educate our community

>> Mobilize a team to go and talk to pet owners when necessary