A nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the chained dog, and bringing our 'best friend' into the home and family.

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award,
is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes.
As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius.
Chained by the neck, they exist without respect, love, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment.
They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

The goals of Dogs Deserve Better comprise the following six principals: Advocate and become a voice for dogs living chained or penned outside; educate society to evolve a higher ethical and moral standard for the treatment of dogs living under these conditions; meet with caretakers of dogs chained outside to advocate on behalf of the dogs and discuss other options available to them; fence yards to improve the quality of life for these dogs; provide low-cost or no-cost for dogs whose caretakers wish to bring them into the home; temporarily foster and find new homes for dogs whose caretakers wish them to have a better life, but are unwilling or unable to provide that for them.

Our Adoptable Dogs Our Happy Tails

For more information, check out the Dogs Deserve Better website!
If you would like to fill out our online adoption application, please click here.
If you are interested in providing a temporary home for one of our adoptable dogs, please click here.
To make a tax-deductible donation to help fund rescue/veterinary/healthcare fees, spay/neuter costs, education/action programs, etc., please click here.

Southwest Virginia Branch
Phone: 1-866-899-1039
Northern Virginia/DC Metro Branch

National Headquarters
Phone: 1-877-636-1408
Richmond Virginia Branch