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Fences For Fido showed up in Woodburn Sunday morning to erect a fence -- but to no avail

COURTESY PHOTO: KATRINA KENNEDY - Bingo was one of Fences For Fido's clients, a very sweet, energetic personality! He was re-homed through Oregon Dog Rescue in July. He's doing great! B-I-N-G-O was his name-O, but now he is known as Tucker! He's living his best life with his identical but unrelated brother, Wesley! 
You can follow them on Instagram, @200lbsofchocolate for all kinds of Chocolate Lab fun! WE LOVE seeing our Fidos happy!Fences For Fido came to Woodburn Sunday morning to help put some spring into a beloved pet boxer named Joey.

But the visit turned out to be a non-starter.

The group builds fences for dog owners who would otherwise need to keep their pet on a chain. In Joey's case, his original keeper had him in rural Gervais area where he was perilously exposed to wildlife, so she moved him to stay with her brother in Woodburn. But that scenario required that he be kept on a chain.

That's where FFF comes in, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that builds fences for dog owners who need them so they can lose the chain.

The volunteers showed up for the Sunday build, but the planned effort had to be aborted after is was discovered that Joey went missing. Of course, another FFF fringe benefit is that the fences can prevent something like this from happening.

Fences Co-Founder Katrina Kennedy said hopefully there will still be a build for Joey at a later date.

"We hope that they find their dog," Kennedy said. "We want that to happen, and we still want to do this build."

Kennedy's email footer spells it out: "Fences For Fido improves the quality of life for dogs living outdoors by building fences free of charge for families who keep their dogs on chains, tethers, and in small enclosures."

In Joey's case it was a panel fence planned at his new Woodburn home.

The FFF work order stated: "A secure Fido fence means Joey will be able to settle comfortably and safely into his new home instead of being surrendered to a shelter. Let's give this story a happy ending."

To be continued.

Fences for Fido dates back to 2009 when it began building fences, and since then 2,200 fences have been erected on behalf of family dogs; the current average around the region is about 13 fences per month.

The nonprofit extends beyond fences, providing insulated dog houses, spay/neuter services and even emergency veterinary care when needed.

In its mission statement, FFF notes: "When a dog is unchained, a transformation begins. It starts with what we call 'zoomies:' the running, jumping, exuberant joy our Fidos display once unchained — many for the first time in years. That visible happiness puts smiles on the faces of our volunteers and most importantly, on the faces of our client families who through this process being to connect with their pets in a more meaningful way. This single moment represents the beginning of an even deeper bond between a dog and his or her family."

Beyond the hands-on activity, FFF also worked with other broad coalitions on anti-tethering legislation enacted in 2014 that limits the amount of time a dog can be chained outside: 10 hours when chained to a stationary object and 15 house when tethered to moving line, such as a zip line or trolley.

It also prohibits the use of choke or pinch collars when tethering.

Fences For Fido

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Web: fencesforfido.org

Address: Fences For Fido, P.O. Box 42265 Portland, OR 97242

Phone: 503-621-9225

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