If you haven't heard about Chain of Hope you've either been living under a rock or clearly don't get into Kansas City animal welfare news. Chain of Hope is an outreach program for abused, neglected and homeless dogs and cats, started by Kate Quigley a little over a year ago. Kate ran outreach programs from Spay Neuter Kansas City and No More Homeless Pets but found there was far too much politics involved. The day Kate went off on her own was a great day for animal outreach in Kansas City.
Volunteers with Chain of Hope:
- Go into lower-income neighborhoods DAILY
- Educate the teachable people about good pet ownership
- Persuade abusive owners to relinguish their pets
- Provide low-income, good pet owners with food, doghouses, low cost or free spay and neuter services
- Get tips on abusive situations and neglectful owners from postal carriers, concerned citizens, neighbors, meter personnel, UPS carriers and delivery drivers to name just a few
- Always looking for donations (see site for 'wish list')
- Always looking for good, dependable volunteers to go out into the field with more seasoned volunteers
- Desperately seeking foster homes for dogs that are rescued in the field
What constitutes abuse or neglect? A 60-lb tow chain wrapped around a dog living in their own feces constitutes abuse. A dog living on a chain their entire life, no shelter and little to no food or water constitutes abuse. Dogs being overbred constitute abuse. Dogfighting and bait dogs constitute abuse. The stories we could tell you are sick, twisted stories of torture and such cruelty it makes me ashamed to identify with the same species as these people. For a snippet into the lives of Chain of Hope volunteers, visit the blog.
As someone who has known Kate for nearly six years, I can say that there isn't one person who has met her or volunteered for her who isn't completely addicted to helping the cause.
Blogs, TV specials, news stories, articles in the KC Star and fundraisers all support Kate and her mission with Chain of Hope. I personally have a Chain of Hope rescue, Max, and several of my friends have Chain of Hope rescues. There is more cruelty in this city than you could possibly fathom and there is one woman, one group out there fighting for them all, fighting for those who don't have a voice, that is Kate Quigley and Chain of Hope.
If you are able to volunteer, make a donation, or know of an animal in an abusive or neglectful situation please contact me at email@example.com.