In 2012 Dogs Deserve Better Founder Tamira Thayne took on a Capitol Doghouse Tour to raise awareness and advocate for better laws. She went to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York and chained herself to a doghouse on Capitol steps, lawns, sidewalks…whereever the powers that be deemed she was allowed to practice free speech. Often she was joined by other folks who want to make a difference, sometimes she faced it alone; as the dogs have to do each and every day of their lives.
In 2014 she is continuing this Capitol Doghouse Tour with seven more states, beginning July 21, 2014. She hits West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and ends back in Virginia.
Thayne states, “Every year at Chain Off I recommit myself to my work for chained dogs, because the time spent wasting away on the chain reminds me of what I so easily forget: I have a life…they don’t.
How do I DO MORE for them, BE MORE for them, I ask myself. How many dogs are still dying at the ends of chains because I haven’t yet succeeded in my mission? Millions.
That’s the bad news. They are still there.
The good news is that Dogs Deserve Better started this awareness and legislative ball rolling twelve years ago when no one was talking about the fate of dogs on chains. Now they are.
Other’s have picked it up and are running with it too, and more and more areas are getting laws, while less and less people are tolerating their neighbor’s treatment of Man’s Best Friend.
I like it.
We have progress.
We haven’t yet reached the tipping point, but it’s coming. Who will keep pushing with me? Will you? Just a little bit more. I know you’re tired. I’m tired too. But now’s when we keep going, now’s when we don’t stop as they fight back, we keep going and we will WIN.
Keep going with me.
This year I’m committing myself to seven 7-hour days on a chain, at seven state Capitol buildings, in seven states. Who will come chain with me? Ten or twenty of us on the state Capitol steps with our doghouses will be much more impressive than just little ol’ me. But I’m committed with or without you: I’m going.
Will you join me?
If you’re not in one of the states I’m visiting (or even if you are) you don’t have to chain with me, you can chain anywhere you like, even in your own backyard. Many people have still gotten media attention doing it all by themselves in their own yard. It’s the symbolic suffering for the dogs that educates society and lets the lawmakers know we are coming for our laws, and we won’t be backing down until we have them.
I will be out there from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, at which time I will pick up my doghouse and drive to the next state, overnight, and do it all again. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I hope to see you there.
July 21 State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia . Monday, July 21st, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East Charleston, WV 25305
July 22 Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Tuesday, July 22rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
July 23 State Capitol in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wednesday, July 23rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 200 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
July 24 State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois . Thursday, July 24th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 301 S 2ND STREET, Springfield, IL 62701
July 25 State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri . Friday, July 25th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 100 Jefferson St, Jefferson City, MO 65101
July 28 State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky . Monday, July 28rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 700 Capital Avenue Bay, Frankfort, KY 40601
July 30 State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. Wednesday, July 30th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 910 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
I hope you will join me, or support me with your Chain Off pledge. My goal is to reach $2000; I hope with your help I can finally make it! Thank you, thank you, thank you.”