September 11, 2014



We first met Chico back in the winter of 2013. We saw him chained to a tree, far back in a side lot next to a house. We knocked on the door and that is how we became involved with Chico. He had a very small dog house at the time-I don’t even think he could fit into it anymore. He was young-about 6 months. The people were receptive to neutering him. Since it was so cold, we went ahead and fixed him up with a bigger dog house with lots of hay and made arrangements to pick this boy up and neuter and vaccinate him. We could tell these people needed some education and this dog definitely needed monitoring!

I picked up Chico and brought him in for his vetting. He was a shepherd/hound mix and he was adorable! He was the sweetest dog you could ever meet.

We stopped by pretty regularly. Our hearts went out to him because he was cabled to the tree and didn’t get much attention. We found out that these people also had a couple of smaller, white dogs that they kept in the basement. The woman told me that they were siblings. They were not altered and she usually blew me off when I brought it up and offered spay and neuter. I told her over and over again NOT to breed at all, but especially don’t breed siblings-she was going to end up with lots of problems. We usually cut people off that won’t spay and neuter every animal in the home, but we couldn’t walk away from Chico. We were all he had.

We stopped by one day and they told us that he kept breaking his cable and so they had him on a chain, although it was a light weight one. They said he broke his collars, etc. I’m sure it’s because he wanted to be free! We spent time fitting him with a harness, hoping that would help things. He seemed so happy when the kids were around him! Too bad they didn’t spend more time with him or  have him in the house with the family. He was at a good body weight and was healthy. We didn’t need to stop by here as much as some other houses we needed to monitor more closely.











Sometimes in the spring, the woman would put her little white dogs out on the front porch in a crate, “to get some fresh air”, she’d say. She still wouldn’t listen to us about spaying and neutering, but we wouldn’t walk away from Chico and we would just keep working on her about the white dogs.

If you’re an avid Chain of Hope blog follower, you probably remember the story or Floyd, the Boxer.  http://chainofhope.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/floyd/   I found him all tangled up in the chain with Chico! It was Chico’s yard that Floyd had run into and gotten tangled up while playing!





We hadn’t been by in a while, so I put it on an outreach list for Erica and Carol. They called me later and said that there was a white dog in a crate on the front porch. It had no water and it was a hot day! No one was home. They also told me that Chico was thinner than he’d been. They’d fixed them both up with food and water and I told them I’d be getting over there in the next couple of days and see what was going on. When I went over, I was not happy. The white dog had a chain wrapped around it’s neck and was now chained to a tree. It was disgusting.






DSCF4081The little dog had a  styrofoam container laying on the ground with a hunk of chicken or something in it and there were flies all over it. This was despicable. There was Chico, still chained to his tree. His water was knocked over and it was a really hot day.  I took pictures, gave them a small amount of water to drink and a few milkbones, but I knew I was going to go call this into animal control, which I did. When I came in to work the next day  and put in the case number to see what happened, the results were “unable to locate animal”. Oh brother!

I drove over to this address the next day. There was the white dog, still chained to the tree and there was Chico, chained in the back of the yard. I took more pictures. While I was there, the woman came home with a couple of the kids in the car. I knew I would be pursuing this with animal control again as soon as I left, so I didn’t spend very much time talking to her. I asked her why the white dog was chained to the tree and she replied, “Oh, we’re moving”. So…..because you’re moving, you need to chain your dog to a tree on super hot days with no water??  I asked her where they were moving to and she said, “I don’t know but it’s somewhere not too far from here.” I didn’t get to ask her where the 2nd white dog was because she used to have two of them. I left and called a supervisor and they said they would send someone over. I went on because I had a lot of addresses to get to. I drove by this house the next day and the white dog was not there. I never found out if animal control impounded this dog, but I don’t think so. What they probably did was had the people put it in the house and tell them that it couldn’t be out there like that. Apparently, they thought Chico looked ok.



A few days later, I received a call from an animal control officer and they were over at Chico’s house. Someone else had noticed Chico and called animal control. The officer called me because Chico had a dog house that said Chain of Hope on it. They thought he looked pretty thin, which he did. They said it didn’t even look like anyone lived at this house anymore. She wasn’t sure what was going on. I told her how this boy had been falling through the cracks for the last several months. She ended up leaving paperwork on the front door of the house. When she went back the next day, the note was still on the door, so she impounded the dog. Thank you, animal control!!! Finally, this boy was out of there! It looklike the people had gone ahead and moved, taken the white dog with them and left poor Chico chained in the yard. Losers!

We contacted the shelter and let them know that we would like to pull him out of there just as soon as he could go. We found out that he is heart worm positive, but we’ll deal with it like we always do. It was a joyful day when Judy and Jan went over to get him out of the shelter! I’m sure he was wondering where he was going now, but his new life was about to begin!





You know our dogs we rescue always have to lose their old name, along with their old life. We renamed this boy Farley and we love him!!! He is so happy to be a Chain of Hope dog now! Farley gets along with everyone, he is a little shy but getting better everyday with all of the TLC that he’s getting. He loves to go out in the yard and the pool. He’s really blown away by the fact that there is always food and water available to him! He’s gaining weight. He’s happier than he’s ever been! Farley is literally smiling everyday!












Thank you for your support. It is the only way that we can continue our critical work in the inner city. It’s because of all of you that Farley now has a happy life. The only thing that could make him happier, would be his forever, loving, indoor home! Let us know if you’re interested in offering Farley a foster home or better yet-a forever home!


Chopper and Jasper

September 4, 2014

A  pet owner in north east Kansas City called us for help with food.  Judy and Karen took some food over and there were several animals there. A young man and his girlfriend had recently moved in with his grandparents and proceeded to bring 4 animals with them to add to grandma’s cats and her Boston Terriers. It was a chaotic mess. A couple of weeks later, Judy and Karen ended up over there again taking more food.  They came back from outreach and told me that these people were keeping a little puppy outside in a wire crate with a blanket over it. This was in the late winter and it was cold. They said that it had been there the very first time they went there and the owner had immediately let it out and said that it wasn’t in there all the time. The same thing happened the second time they were there-the puppy was in the wire crate on the front porch. The owner let it out and again acted like it was not in there all the time. When they got back from outreach and told me about this, I knew I had to get over there and talk to these people.


I went over the next day. A woman came walking over from next door and it turns out that she was the sister of the young man that had moved in with grandma and grandpa. I started talking with her and she was pretty upset. She told me that that poor puppy was in that crate  24 hours sometimes. She said she had talked to them and they always told her to mind her own business. Shes said that when her brother and his girlfriend moved in with grandma and grandpa and brought all these extra animals (2 dogs, 2 cats) that it had turned her grandparents lives upside down.

The young couple came out and I started figuring out what animals belonged to who. They told me that the puppy had started out in the house, but it had worms and so they couldn’t have it in the house. Geez-ever think about treating the puppy for parasites instead of banishing it to the front porch in the cold of winter???

I offered them free spay and neuter for their 2 dogs. They had a bigger white and brown pit bull mix named Chopper. They also had the puppy, who had never been to the vet. I had a long talk with these people about this whole situation. I arranged a time for me to come and pick up Chopper and the puppy to get them fixed, vaccinated and de-wormed. They agreed. I told them while I had the animals in at the vet, that they needed to clean up their mess. I told them that puppy could not stay outside, that I would have him treated for his parasites and that they needed to clean out the crate and take it in the house.

I kept the animals overnight. The puppy was very skinny. Chopper was super cute, not too thin, but he was a little aggressive. This puppy was breaking our hearts. He was the sweetest little thing and his whole, short life so far had been hell. I very reluctantly loaded them up to take them back.

As soon as I pulled up, I could see the nasty, disgusting crate still sitting on the front porch, with the old coats and feces in it. They had not bothered to clean it out and put it in the house. I was not happy! The young couple wasn’t home and his sister came over again. She said that they had done nothing about any of this while the dogs were with me.



I asked the sister who was in charge of the house and she said her grandmother was. She also told us that her grandmother wanted us to keep the puppy. Grandma was sitting in the doorway in her wheelchair.  I went up and talked to her and she told me that what her grandson and his girl were doing to this puppy was inhumane. She signed the puppy over to Chain of Hope! It was her house and she wanted the puppy to have a better life. Thank God she had the good sense to do the right thing.

Of course we received the phone call when the young man came home and found out that the puppy wasn’t there. He was pretty mad. Patty explained to him that his grandmother had signed the puppy over, It was her house and she wanted this little guy to have a better life. When Patty told him that, there was suddenly a voice on another extension of their phone and the woman’s voice said, “you bet your sweet ass I did” and that was the end of that!

We named this little guy Jasper and he was a super puppy! He was so grateful, happy and very well behaved. We loved having him at Chain of Hope, showing him how to have fun, play with toys, play with other dogs, etc.





It wasn’t very long and we had a wonderful adoption application for this great little guy! It was time for Chain of Hope volunteers to tell him good-bye. Jasper was going to his forever home! We were so happy for him!







Of course, we didn’t forget about Chopper! The next time we went to see Chopper, the guy was pretty wary of us, but they desperately needed our help-none of these people were working. I knew they had a dog run in the backyard and that’s where Chopper was. I asked if I could go back and see Chopper and the guy said, “I don’t want you taking my other dog. ” I told him that I wasn’t there to take his dog, I was there to help him with Chopper. We went in the back and Chopper looked really good. We had wormed him when he’d been in getting neutered and he had filled out well! His kennel was clean-there was no poop in it. He had fresh, clean water and a good dog house. We hung up fly control, left food and told the guy he was doing a good job.  We also told him we’d be back with a tarp so that Chopper could have some shade, which we did provide for him. Chopper was a funny dog-sometimes he acts like he’s just fine and then it’s like he forgot to show you his bad ass self and he’ll bark and charge at you through the fence. I guess you could say that Chopper has a little bit of an attitude.  We  are continuing to stop by and check on Chopper and leave food and treats.  It’s always clean when we go there-every time. We gave them a leash and they say they walk him, but who knows? He does have it better than a lot of the dogs we see. He’s clean, well-fed, and healthy. Like most chained and confined dogs, he gets lonely, I’m sure. We are a bright spot in his day when we stop by, I know. We can’t possibly have space for all of the dogs that need to be taken out of their circumstances. We get the ones out that we can.









Thank you for your support. Jasper’s whole life has changed, thanks to Chain of Hope. Now he really has something to smile about!






Anita and Her Puppies

August 28, 2014

DSCF2951We all know how bad last winter was. It was brutal! Chain of Hope received an enormous amount of calls, mostly people needing dog houses and straw. There were days that we just hustled to get to as many houses as we possibly could before night fall. We had seen plenty and we knew that there were dogs definitely being kept outside 24/7 in below 0 wind chills, but many that had a dog house had no straw or hay in there whatsoever. We knew that every house we could get to, that that poor animal would be a little bit warmer that night because we got to them! Normally, when we go on calls, we must take a look at the animals at the house, we spend a lot of time talking about spaying and neutering and getting them signed up, getting them supplies, etc. When the weather is extreme, we are down to the basics-food, water and shelter and we keep it moving to the next house. Such was the case when people called and said that their dog house was too small for their dog and they needed a bigger one. They even said that we could trade them out-take the small one and leave a bigger one. I remember going there in the dark one evening with a bigger dog house. I dragged it up to the door with a bunch of hay in it and a teenage boy answered the door. He didn’t seem to know anything about switching out the dog houses, so I just told him not to worry about it-I’d stop by some other time and talk to someone and get it. I hustled to the next stop.

It wasn’t until spring that I found myself passing right in front of that house and I remembered about the dog house. There was an older man outside drinking a beer and washing his car, so I pulled over. I got out and told him that I was the one that had brought the dog house and hay over in the winter. I asked him how his dog was doing and he smiled and said, “She’s got 7 puppies.” My heart sank. Oh no! I asked him where they were and he told me they were in the dog house. We went around back and there they were.


DSCF2263This was terrible! Momma was chained up to a lawn mower. I asked him if he wanted the momma and puppies. He said he wanted momma. I told him that when they were a little older, we could help him with the puppies and get them vetted and find good homes for them. He seemed receptive to that idea.

Momma had water, but it needed freshened up. I talked to him about making sure momma had plenty of clean water to drink because she was making a lot of milk. I also told him to make sure she had food down all the time because she needed a lot of calories to make the milk. For now, the puppies needed to stay with mom and continue to get her nourishing milk. I left him a big bag of good dog food and told him I’d check back in a week or so. 

We continued to be involved over there, stopping by every Sunday. Every Sunday, the old man was always sitting on his front porch with a beer in his hands. Rarely was he sober. We were so afraid that he would start giving them away to people in the neighborhood, relatives, etc. This is what always happens and it is one of the most frustrating parts of our jobs. When we become aware of a litter out there, we try and get the entire litter signed over. Inevitably, the “owners” start promising them to neighbors, relatives, etc. It’s always a battle, every single time.

Every week we asked him to sign the litter over and every week he said he wasn’t ready for them to leave yet. He’d always say, “maybe next week” and put us off. I was getting very tired of this and the puppies were getting bigger. We stopped by on a Sunday and he started in with, “well….the mail man wants one and the guy down the street wants one and I’m going to keep one,” It was starting, just like it always does. So he wants to keep a puppy so that it can grow up and live on a chain just like his momma?? It’s sad, it’s frustrating. 





We’d been standing there talking forever, trying to talk some sense into him. I noticed something and stepped over to Erica. “He doesn’t have a beer in his hand today” I quietly said to her. This is how in sync Erica and I are from doing outreach for a few years together. That’s all I had to say and Erica understood immediately! She headed to the van, yelled over her shoulder to the guy that we were going to the liquor store and we’d be back. 

We returned with a 15 pack of Colt 45 and asked him to sign them over right then and there. Well, guess what he did? He signed them all over but the one he was keeping. We just went with the flow like that was cool that he wanted to keep one. We told him that we could take that puppy into the vet with the others to get it’s vaccination and worming and then we could bring it back the next day. He agreed. We got the entire litter and he got his Colt 45!


We hooked momma up before we left. She had been getting tired of her puppies-they were getting older and she was weaning them. We whispered in her ear to hang on, that we would get her out of there. We promised her.

We got the puppies situated. They were hungry, but mostly they were exhausted.






We, of course, were not going to take that last puppy back to the guy. We expected his phone call, but it never came. We kept the puppy and we did not hear from him. We got the puppies all spayed or neutered and put them up for adoption. We knew we’d have a good response because they were all so adorable.

In the meantime, we would run by and give mom biscuits and pig ears, without encountering the old man. Didn’t want him demanding “his” puppy back! Our hearts broke for this momma, but we kept telling her to hang on.She was still sitting over there, chained to the lawn mower and lonely. 


We were swamped with interest and applications on the puppies. They were thriving in our care.

Within a few weeks, we were finally able to make this beautiful, skinny, sweet momma dog a Chain of Hope dog. First thing on the agenda? A bath! She was filthy.


We wormed and vaccinated her. We would get rid of her parasites and let her gain some weight before spaying. This poor girl was impregnated while on her chain, gave birth while on her chain and tried to care for her puppies while chained. This poor, poor thing. Erica named her Anita and she began her road to recovery, good health, and soaking up the Chain of Hope love from all of us.




Anita filled out beautifully and then we had her spayed. She got along with everyone at Chain of Hope. We could let her play with anyone and she was totally fine with them. She had a really sweet and grateful spirit.




Anita was with us a few weeks when we received a good application for her. The people had a cat and we had cat tested Anita and it went fairly well. The family decided they wanted to adopt Anita. When they came down a few days later, we had Anita around the cats and she was acting way more interested in the cats now! Oh no!

The family decided they could work with her on the cat issue and they wanted to go ahead and adopt Anita.We showed them how we use a water spray bottle for behavior correction and off they went!

Well…….Anita ended up coming back because of the cat issue. 

That’s ok! She was happy playing with her old friends at Chain of Hope again!

One day, an owner came in with 2 puppies that they had adopted from Chain of Hope, to get their vaccinations.  They were Anita’s puppies! We brought Anita over to see them. They all sniffed each other a lot, but I wouldn’t say that any of them were ecstatic.


A couple of weekends later, Donna and Jackie took Anita to an adoption event. A wonderful woman came over and met Anita. She spent a lot of time with her. This woman had her very good friend with her and that woman is a vet tech. They both really liked Anita. The girls told that woman that if she was really interested that she needed to on online and fill out an application. We had the app the next day and it was very good!

Well, Barbara ended up adopting Anita! Donna took her over there to do the home visit and said that it is awesome and that Anita and Barbara’s other 2 dogs were getting along fine. 

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photo 3 (14)Anita has gone from hell to heaven! The three dogs run through the house and out the doggy door and into the fenced yard, and back around again!

Barbara has renamed Anita, who is now Summer! We love that name for her! Thanks for giving her such a wonderful home, Barbara!

Chain of Hope is tenacious-we don’t give up and we don’t forget. We certainly didn’t forget about this incredible girl!

Welcome to your new, happy life Summer!



August 14, 2014





Chain of Hope received an urgent call one morning from an owner that had accidentally run over her own dog. This woman was very, very upset, of course. She felt terrible and she couldn’t stop crying. She told us that it had happened the night before and she had taken him to an emergency clinic. They told her that they thought the jaw was broken and of course, the eye needed to be removed. She only had money for a pain injection, which she did get for him.  She left with this poor little guy and took him back home. She said that his eye ball was hanging out of the socket and he had gone through the night like that.

Judy and I rushed right over. The woman told us that she couldn’t bear to look at him and that her older daughter had kept him in her room the night before. When the daughter brought this little dog out, our hearts broke for him. His eye ball was hanging out, he had a deep, bloody abrasion on the top of his head and a very deep wound on his front left leg where we could see the tendons. The poor boy was in bad shape. He wasn’t crying. The pain meds had been administered at 11:00 pm the night before and was supposed to hold him for 12 hrs. We had to get this boy in to the vet!










We got him into the vet. Thankfully, his jaw was not broken! He underwent surgery for the removal of his eye and stayed at the vet for a few days. We picked him up, brought him back to Chain of Hope and got him settled in! Everyone loved Wilbur and he enjoyed a lot of time getting loved on and sitting out in the sun for awhile.






Wilbur was doing great for about 5 days and then he started crashing. He started vomiting and having diarrhea. He wouldn’t eat or drink and was very lethargic. He had the classic signs of parvo. We ran a parvo test on him and poor little, weak Wilbur tested positive for parvo. Oh my God, I was afraid this would do him in. He only weighed 9 lbs to start with.

Wilbur was a pretty sick little boy. He was on an IV pump and receiving multiple medications. Thank you, Dr. Kennedy for diagnosing him and getting an IV in him on a Saturday night! This little one had another battle to get through, but we were all right beside him, helping him through it the best we could.










Wilbur is a fighter, that’s for sure. After several days, he started turning the corner. He was doing better and we were able to take him off of his IV. We thought he was on the road, but just a couple of days later, he was having more struggles. He was not wanting to eat. He had dwindled to 8 lbs. We felt like this little boy was barely hanging on.

We finally decided to take him to Blue Pearl. They did an x-ray and a sonogram. Wilbur had fluid in his belly and they diagnosed him with pancreatitus.  Poor, poor Wilbur. Our hearts were breaking. How much could one tiny dog take? We were worried sick about Wilbur. He didn’t want to eat or drink anything, but thank you Leah, for getting all of his meds down him and in him! He didn’t want to take his pills, but you always volunteered to be the “meanie” that had to get them down him. You were a Godsend to Wilbur and one of the main reasons he’s alive and well today!






After a couple of trips to Blue Pearl and the excellent care Wilbur received on a daily basis, Wilbur was healing! He was feeling much better, his appetite was coming back, and he was doing very well. He loved it when we took him outside and he got to smell around and feel the sunshine on him.








Eventually, we were able to give Wilbur a friend. We put him in the back area with Spanky, a  little Shih Tzu that we had rescued. Wilbur and Spanky spent a lot of time together and they became pretty good friends.





One of our wonderful volunteers that helps out walking dogs and cleaning  was really drawn to Wilbur. Kelly just loved this little guy, and she told us that she would like to foster him! Kelly had 2 little dogs and thought Wilbur would do great at her house. Well……guess what? Wilbur was so great that he is never leaving! Kelly is adopting Wilbur!!! We are so happy for Wilbur and Kelly and Wilbur’s new siblings!

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Here is Wilbur, dressed in his finest, with his new sister Puddin and his new brother Dolce.  They are quite a little pack! Thanks for giving Wilbur such a wonderful,  forever home, Kelly. Supporters, thanks for enabling us to respond to calls like Wilbur’s and to be able to provide the medical care that these poor animals need. We couldn’t do it without you and we can’t thank you enough! Neither can Wilbur!




Sophie and Riley

August 7, 2014



Chain of Hope received a message from a man that said he needed help placing a couple of dogs from a family member’s house. Apparently there had been a lot of turmoil and the family, unfortunately,  fell apart. While family members scrambled to take care of the human children, no one remembered about the dogs right away. This nice man told me that it finally dawned on him a couple of days later that there were dogs in the back yard. He bought some dog food, drove over and fed and watered them.

This was out in Belton and we normally don’t go out that far, but this man and these dogs needed help. He told me that there was a Cocker Spaniel and a Golden Retriever and he thought that they were both around 6-8 yrs. old. He thought that they were both fixed. He said that the Cocker was pretty matted. He said the family members had obviously not taken very good care of the dogs. I thanked him for calling and trying to find help for them. We made arrangements to meet at the house the next day to see how we could help him. I called Crystal, who runs Winding River- a doggie daycare and boarding facility. She usually has at least one Chain of Hope dog at her facility and we appreciate her and all she does for the dogs! She has a great relationship with  Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue in Colorado and I knew she could probably get Riley safely to them.

The next day, Crystal and I arrived in front of a nice,  middle class house. It had a large, fenced back yard.  Thankfully, the dogs were not on chains-they were running free. It was then that this man told us that he couldn’t touch them. He said they wouldn’t come to him. Crystal and I went in the back yard. The two dogs were running together, back over to a deck with a lot of overgrown vegetation. This must have been their home base. There was no shelter, but the dogs went under the deck. Oh joy-this was not going to be easy!




DSCF3529They were scared was all. We tried coaxing with the smelly treats and all of that. Riley was a little more trusting than Sophie, although he hid under the deck, too, for awhile. Finally,  Crystal was able to get Riley, the Golden, on a leash. She dangled a slip lead from up on the deck, hoping to lasso Sophie when she finally peaked out from under the deck. That’s exactly what happened and Crystal had her on the leash!  I had to go around the deck and crawl under some bushes to get Sophie out.  It took some coaxing and talking to her, but eventually she let me pet her head and then she let me scratch her head and then she finally decided it was ok to come out.





Crystal and I got them over to the car and Crystal showed them how to jump up in there! I love this picture of Riley with a slight smile on his face. It’s like he knows he’s safe now.







Sophie was matted terribly! She had to be so uncomfortable. Riley was matted, too, just not as bad. He was sporting some dreads, though! We got these two deserving dogs back to Chain of Hope. Their new lives had just begun!









Sophie was pretty nervous.  Tanner, our fabulous groomer, went to work! It was a chore, but he got through it and so did Sophie. Tanner weighed the hair and Sophie lost 6 lbs. of hair. Poor, poor girl. She was going to feel like a different dog!









Riley got cleaned up next and then Sophie and Riley spent the next few days at Chain of Hope, getting a lot of love and attention.















Then it became time for Riley to leave for Colorado! Off to rescue in the mountains and a wonderful new life. Good for you, Riley! Have a great life!



Sophie remained at Chain of Hope and boy does she miss her buddy! I call her “nervous nilly” because she’s so frantic for attention right now. She  had been so ignored and so neglected  for so long, she is very much needing the attention now!






Sophie is a very intelligent dog. Do you know how I know that?  She’s figured out exactly where the treats are! You go, girl!




Sophie is up for adoption. She needs someone who can hang out with her a lot of the day. She wouldn’t do well with someone who is gone all day.  She needs some confidence, but she’ll get there. I’m sure she doesn’t trust quite yet-probably wondering if she’s going to get neglected or ignored again. You’re not, baby girl, you have no more worries-you’re a Chain of Hope dog now!







July 31, 2014

DSCF1293   We came across a house on a corner in mid-town one day over a year ago. There was a skinny male Boxer chained in a fenced yard.  His water was filthy, he wasn’t neutered and he was too thin.  We left our information, but the owner never called. We put this boy on our monitoring list and began visiting him regularly.  One day, we finally happened to catch the owner out in the front yard. We stopped to talk to him about the Boxer. He told us that the dog’s name was Marbles. He was not that receptive and had no interest in getting Marbles neutered. There were also 2 Min Pins that lived there and they would be outside a lot of the time, too. They had a dog house.

Marbles suffered a long time. He was in a locked fenced yard with a chain and padlock around his neck. He always looked so sad. We had to try and dump his buckets through the fence because we couldn’t get into the yard. It was very hard to get the ice out of there in the winter so that we could water Marbles. Everything over here was difficult. One day in the freezing cold, we stopped by and caught the owner getting in his car. We gave him a big bundle of hay for the dog houses. He said that he was leaving, wouldn’t be gone long and to leave it by the fence and he would put it in when he got back. I decided to drive by there a couple of days later and double check and there was the hay, still sitting where we’d put it and it had new snow on it. Lazy, lazy loser of a guy.

In the summer, Marbles would have no water, an inch of black nasty water, rain water  or something like that. Poor Marbles-we worried and worried and worried about this boy. He had a good dog house, was thin but not emaciated and we knew from our experience that animal control would not do anything here, so we maintained him the best we could, and we never forgot about him. We were there with meaty bones and pig ears (thank you donors!) and treats at least every couple of weeks or so.

We went to care for Marbles one day and he wasn’t there! His dog house was gone, he was gone, the Min Pins were gone. We were devastated. We talked with a neighbor that told us that the guy had moved, but he didn’t know where. Oh no-we couldn’t lose track of Marbles!  What would end up happening to him without us watching out for him? We were all very sad. It is so upsetting to lose track of one of our regulars that we’ve all come to love and care for.

One day a couple of months ago, one of our outreach teams was in south Kansas City and they spotted a pretty thin Boxer wandering around. He had no collar on. They stopped and got a slip lead on him and gave him something to eat. One of the people on the block yelled at Erica and told her that he lived “down there”.  The girls walked down to the house and there was a chain hooked to the fence and a big red collar laying in the front yard. A young woman was coming out of the house and Erica asked her if this was her dog. The girl said that it was her boyfriend’s dog. Erica commented on how skinny he was and asked the girl if her boyfriend even wanted the dog. The girl said that she would ask him, but she didn’t think so. Erica gave her our card and told her to talk to her boyfriend and call us if he didn’t want him and we would come over and get him. Erica snapped a few pictures of this boy and then headed back to Chain of Hope. When Erica was telling me about this, she said, “for a minute I thought it was that Boxer from Chelsea”.

photo 1 (20) photo 2 (18)   The next day, the girl left a message on the Chain of Hope line that her boyfriend didn’t want the dog and asked if we could come and pick him up. I headed over to rescue this poor thing. When I pulled up to the house, I saw the Boxer laying on her front porch . OMG-it was Marbles!!! I recognized him immediately!!! I was so glad to see him again and he was SO glad to see me!  We hadn’t seen Marbles in over 4 months.  I couldn’t believe that we had run across him again and this time we were definitely going to be able to save him! Sweet, sweet Marbles was finally going to be ok. I texted Erica and told her that it WAS Marbles and he was now a Chain of Hope dog!!! DSCF2853 DSCF2852   DSCF2850 DSCF2851I got this boy back to Chain of Hope. He was pretty skinny, only weighing in at 71 lbs. You could see his ribs. He was full of whip worms! We got this boy de-wormed and vaccinated. We were going to let him get rid of his parasites and put a little weight on and then we would neuter him. We decided to call him Fletcher! They always have to lose their old names with their old, miserable lives! A week or two later, we neutered Fletcher and ran his heart worm test. He was heart worm positive, but we pretty much figured that. He’d lived outside only his entire life. We would begin heart worm treatment as soon as he put on a little more weight. We wanted this boy in the best shape possible to go through his treatment.


Everyone at Chain of Hope fell in love with Fletcher!

DSCF2856   DSCF2854 Finally,  Fletcher is all filled out, now weighing in at about 82 lbs. He is an absolutely gorgeous creature!!! What a head turner-this boy is handsome!!! DSC_0003 DSC_0007   DSC_0014   Fletcher is a great dog! He plays in playgroups very well. He is very strong, but walks well on a leash. He has finished his heart worm treatment and is ready for adoption. All of that time that we cared for Fletcher the best we could through the fence, we could never really pet him and wrap our arms around him. It felt so good to be able to love on this boy, scratch his ears, rub his head-he loves it all! He always looked so sad when he was chained in mid-town. He has some big jowls that almost make him look like he’s frowning, but believe me-this boy is happier than he’s ever been!DSCF3450






Fletcher is a big, strong, handsome hunk of a dog! He has a great personality! His whole life has changed because our supporters keep us out there. We are so happy that we finally got this boy. It’s a miracle that we found him like we did, but  I know that Chain of Hope was supposed to find him again. Now Fletcher has a life he can smile about!







July 24, 2014

DSCF3073 Hector has quite a story. It started a couple of months ago when some kids around 18 yrs. old or so brought a sick little puppy into the vet clinic. He was very, very sick. The boys said that he was having diarrhea and was vomiting. It sure looked like parvo. He’d had no vaccinations, was about 9 weeks old and his sister had died in their back yard the day before with the same symptoms   This puppy was terribly dehydrated, of course. He was very weak. I asked the boys where they got the puppy from and they told me that they had bred their 2 pit bulls. After further questioning, I found out that  the male and the female adults lived on chains in the back yard. I asked one of the kids if he had sold the other puppies.  He told me that they had sold some of the puppies and then given some away because they couldn’t sell them all  (gee-you think the market is inundated???). They were keeping a male and a female puppy, but  the female had died the day before. This was a bad situation.

Leah and I talked to these kids for quite awhile about spaying/neutering/breeding/parvo, etc. I basically told them that they needed to sign this puppy over to Chain of Hope and that they wouldn’t be getting him back. I told them that we were not paying for everything and save this little guy so they could put him out on a chain, too. Of course, they insisted that he was kept in the house. I then asked them why the female puppy had died outside in the back yard if these puppies were kept in the house? Leah had more patience with these guys than I did, which was a good thing. I finally told them they needed to sign this puppy over to us or leave with him and watch him die, because that’s what was going to happen. I told them that this little guy should’ve had an IV in him 30 min. ago, as soon as they walked in and here we were still talking about it. I gave them their ultimatum, told them to discuss it and I left the room. When I returned about 5 min. later, one of the boys was signing the relinquishment form and Leah was getting the fluids ready for the puppy. The kid told me that he guessed he really didn’t have a choice and I said, “No, you really don’t.” I also offered to spay and neuter his adult pits for free.  I told this kid that we work in the area where they live pretty frequently and that if I ever saw his unaltered pit bulls in his back yard that I would call animal control.DSCF3075   DSCF3077   DSCF3079

The vet staff named this little one Hector.  Poor little Hector. He felt so bad you could tell. We really didn’t know if he’d make it or not, but we all knew that we were going to give it our best efforts.

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We set Hector up in isolation, got all of his meds started and hoped for the best.  This little guy sure scared us there for a while. He was so weak, but such a fighter. After a few touch and go days, Hector started turning the corner! DSC_0034

Everyone fell in love with this little boy. How couldn’t we?  He was an amazing puppy that was slowly getting his strength back.  After the vet said it was safe, Hector began going outside for a little sunshine and fresh air.

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Hector was finally able to integrate into our big room and start playing with other dogs.  He was a feisty puppy now that he was healthy, and  a little bit on the aggressive side. He had missed a crucial window of time for socializing when he was so sick, he just didn’t know how to interact.  We were pretty concerned about his behavior at first and did not make him available for adoption. We knew we needed to work with him. We began putting him with a bigger, adult dog that we knew would only tolerate so much and then they would let Hector know that something wasn’t all right. We let the bigger dogs correct him. They never hurt him, but they definitely corrected him. That is the best way for a puppy to learn-they learn more from getting corrected by another dog than by a human. We let the other dogs teach Hector.

A wonderful volunteer named Ted had seen Hector when he first came in and was so deathly ill. Ted would always go straight to see Hector when he’d come down to Chain of Hope. He watched Hector start to get better and better, he’d always take him out for walks, etc. He really liked Hector and Hector really liked Ted. DSCF3343     DSCF3444 It wasn’t long before Ted told us that he really wanted to adopt Hector and give him his forever home! He worked with Hector very well and Hector was very fond of Ted.  We were thrilled that Ted was going to adopt Hector, the brave little puppy! He’d been through so much and here he was-strong and healthy and much loved by lots of people!   On July 4th, Ted came and picked up Hector! Hector had made it and was off to start his new life.

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Here’s Ted and his daughter Chayla with the little wonder boy!

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Hector has so many wrinkles!!! People swear he’s got Shar Pei in him. Whatever he is, he is pure fun and cuteness!


I don’t know who adores the other the most, Ted or Hector, but I do know that Hector is finally settled in his loving, forever home. Congratulations Ted and Hector! Thank you, supporters, for making this all possible!







July 17, 2014



William is an angel in the hood! He has saved several animals just because he didn’t look the other way. He cares. William was coming home one night on a rainy night and saw a small dog in the middle of the road.  He stopped and got the poor little thing.  He took it home for the night and called Chain of Hope the next morning. He is such a wonderful man who really cares about animals and their suffering. He said that he thought it was blind and had a hurt foot.

I went over and met this adorable little black and white Shih Tzu and he was a mess! He was also very sweet! I thanked William once again,  took the dog back to Chain of Hope and got him settled in. I’m sure he was wondering what was happening to him now and where was he going?












We named this little guy Spanky. He is a little older-probably around 8 yrs. or so. When he walks, sometimes his right front foot bends a little weird, but he doesn’t seem bothered by it. We x-rayed him and nothing is broken in there and it doesn’t cause him any pain or impede his walking, so we are just going to leave it alone. The vet says it’s most likely some strange neurological fluke, but Spanky gets around just fine!

Spanky has dry eye and will most likely require daily eye drops for the rest of his life. They are inexpensive and something a lot of small dog owners deal with. We discovered that he isn’t totally blind, but his vision is certainly impaired. He’s not scared, though! He loves going for walks and smelling everything. Spanky walks great on a leash. The poor little guy also has an ear infection, which he is being treated for. He is neutered and vaccinated now.

The next thing we needed to do was to get Spanky bathed and cleaned up. He was matted and stinky and really needed some grooming attention. Tanner to the rescue!  Spanky was good as gold for his groom. What a wonderful little dog that was soaking wet in the middle of a street one night.  He is precious.








Everybody who meets Spanky loves Spanky! He is delightful! He is hanging out with Wilbur, who lost his eye recently. They are great friends!




Spanky is resilient, smart, grateful and very deserving of a loving, forever home. Spanky is up for adoption! Go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptables page to find the app!




We are able to help dogs like Spanky  because of our foster homes opening up space for us, our adopters opening up space for us (and giving one of our dogs a fantastic home, of course!) and because of our awesome supporters who keep us going! We thank you and Spanky thanks you!
















The Baby Blues

July 3, 2014

DSCF2719   Chain of Hope received a call from a man whose relative had told him about us. He had a pit bull that had puppies and they were about 6 weeks old. He wondered if we could take the litter from him. We went over and met Terrance. We went in the back yard and met the momma, named Blu and her 5 puppies. Refreshingly, Terrance was not trying to keep one puppy (like so many do). At least we didn’t have that battle on our hands.   Momma had a pen that he had made and the gate was open and she could come out into the yard on her tie-out cable. The puppies looked pretty good. DSCF2717   DSCF2724     DSCF2726   DSCF2730   DSCF2720 DSCF2721   Blu’s puppies were born outside and had never been in the house. Hard to believe, but we see this all the time. We told Terrance that the only way we would “take this litter off his hands” was if he wanted to get Blu spayed. He agreed immediately and said he did  not want her to have anymore puppies. We told him to let her milk dry up and we’d get her in for her spay in a couple of weeks. We loaded up the puppies and got them back to Chain of Hope. Their lives were about to change for the better! DSCF2732   DSCF2734 DSCF2736



These little ones were as cute as can be. They were also very hungry! All 5 heads dove into the food pan and they ate and ate and ate.





DSCF2740   DSCF2763   DSCF2741       DSCF2760   Chain of Hope was also aware of 2 more litters in the hood that we were going to have to deal with. We reached out to TARA, The Animal Rescue Alliance. TARA has been great about helping Chain of Hope with litters of puppies, thank goodness. I don’t know what we’d do without them! Carolyn, a super awesome TARA volunteer, said she would take this litter! We cared for them for about a week or so before reaching out to TARA, making the arrangements, finalizing plans. Soon, Carolyn came to get them!DSCF2798 DSCF2803 DSCF2800


DSCF2868The puppies flourished with Carolyn and TARA. Before too long, they were all spayed and neutered and ready for adoption! Here are a few of the puppies with their new families!








All of the puppies were adopted pretty quickly. They were healthy and well socialized and of course-adorable!

I went and picked Blu up a couple of weeks later, brought her in and had her spayed and vaccinated. I took a crate back with her when I returned her and encouraged them to bring her in the house. We will continue to check on Blu.


Yes, we wish we could’ve gotten Blu, too. The reality is that Terrance didn’t want to give her up, he did call us for help and he did want her spayed. We have no where to put another pit bull in our program right now and the city shelter doesn’t need another pit bull either-it’s full of pit bulls. The best we can do is what we did-get the puppies out of there, get momma spayed and monitor her care. We do not forget about the mommas, which you already know if you’ve been following this blog for long! The mommas are near and dear to our hearts.

This is a litter of puppies that normally would have been given out around the neighborhood or to family members, probably never fixed, and would continue the tragedy of overpopulation by reproducing themselves when they turned 6 mo. or so. Chain of Hope resolved this situation and shut all of that down. Thank you for your support-we are making a difference out there!






June 24, 2014



Chain of Hope received a call from a woman that said she had a small dog and she couldn’t keep it any longer. She wanted to know if we could take it. I headed over to see what was going on. It turns out we’d been to this house before. Last year, they had found 3 puppies, called us and we went over and got them.

When I walked into the house, there were several family members there. The woman that had called told me that her husband had cancer and they just couldn’t deal with the dog anymore. The dog was a very scared little Yorkie mix named Princess.  She wouldn’t come to me or to the woman. I felt so sorry for her. I told the woman that we could take her. She asked the grand daughter to pick up Princess, but the grand daughter couldn’t get her. Finally, the woman that had called was able to pick her up. I asked her to carry Princess out to the car and this is how she carried her:

DSCF2911There was no “good-bye”, no pat on the head-nothing. She carried Princess out like this and put her in the van. How very sad that this little girl had not been loved and cared for like she should’ve been. Princess was pretty scared in the van, I’m sure wondering what was going to happen to her now.

DSCF2914We got back to Chain of Hope with Princess. She was very frightened, so we put her in a kennel by herself where it was quiet.




Chain of Hope always changes the names of the animals that we rescue. Their old name belongs with their old life. Their lives are so much better once they’re a Chain of Hope dog that they start their new life with a new name. The vet staff named this little girl Miami. We just treated Miami like we’ve treated the other scared little dogs like Crosby and Roger-we let her come to us. We didn’t force any interaction with her, we just let her decide when she was going to trust us. In just a few days, she was doing much better with Judy, Karen and me. At first, we had to carry her out to go potty, but eventually she began going out on a leash. We put her with Crosby and Roger and they all got along just fine. Miami was still scared and would hide behind something most of the time, but she started gradually coming out and started interacting with us. She really was a great little dog. She was very much liking the attention and love that we were giving her. You could tell that she hadn’t had that for quite awhile and she was really needing  it!


After a couple of weeks, Miami was doing fantastic! We asked Tanner to groom her and this is what she looked like when he was through. Tanner likes giving these little ones their mo hawks, which we think is adorable!  It definitely gives them personality!







What a doll!!! We put Miami’s picture up on face book as one of our “newbies”. Because someone shared our face book post (thanks to those of you that share!), a wonderful young woman saw Miami and called to inquire about her. She was very interested and so we had her fill out an application. She passed with flying colors and we set up a time for Holly and her son, Silas,  to come down and meet Miami. They loved her the minute they met her!  Miami really seemed to like them a lot as well. Silas threw some toys for her and Holly and Silas took Miami out for a walk.







After having Miami in their home for a few days, Holly sent us a couple of videos! Miami’s new name with them is Iko. Iko looks like she is right at home and very much loved!



Thank you supporters for keeping us going. Thank you Holly and Silas for giving Iko such a wonderful, loving home! She deserves it!


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