The Coalition to Unchain Dogs moved in to Southeast Washington Sunday.
The group builds fences for free, so that dogs don't have to be chained in their own yards to be able to run free and thrive. The lucky family to get the group's services lives on Chesapeake Street in Southeast. They have three happy dogs now: Smokey, Fluffy and Tasha.
The Coalition works in neighborhoods to provide both free materials and labor, in building fences, to benefit dogs and the community.
The group says that dogs suffer from being tethered or chained. Female dogs can get pregnant by being cornered by wandering canines.
Organizers also say chained dogs are three times more likely to bite people when they feel threatened and become more territorial and aggressive. And dogs often suffer medical complications from embedded collars, tracheal damage and other injuries from being chained.
The Coalition to Unchain Dogs also donates spaying/neutering and vaccinations to families than need help with these pet expenses.
Washington is the eighth location where the Coalition operates chapters.