Off the Chain USA Inc

BRASELTON, GA   |  www.offthechainga.org

Mission

Off the Chain USA provides non-judgmental assistance to improve the welfare of dogs who are chained/tethered in NE Georgia. We serve as an advocate and voice for responsible dog ownership and owner accountability. Primary services include building free fences for qualified families and distributing free dog houses. We also educate pet owners about proper pet care, and when available provide other resources such as pet food, leashes, collars, pet carriers, water/food bowls, spay/neuter, and veterinary care.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Jennifer Summers

Main address

PO Box 901

BRASELTON, GA 30517 USA

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EIN

82-4502664

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In northeast Georgia, especially in more rural areas, lots of people chain their dogs outside. These dogs have a very low quality of life. Chained dogs become bored, lonely, depressed, and can become aggressive. Many dog owners don't realize the emotional and psychological harm it inflicts. Off the Chain works with dog owners to improve the lives of their dogs, first and foremost by getting them off the chain and into a 20'x30' fenced enclosure. Most owners are open to support, having chained their dogs outside because of an old way of thinking about pets that has been passed down to them, and a lack of education about what is appropriate today. In addition to building fences, we seek to educate dog owners about how to take better care of their dogs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building Fences and Providing Supplies for Dogs

Primary services include building free fences and distributing free dog houses. We also provide pet food, leashes, collars, pet carriers, water/food bowls, spay/neuter, and veterinary care as needed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Building Fences and Providing Supplies for Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of dogs we have gotten off the chain and into a fenced enclosure.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our ultimate goal is to not to have to exist! We dream of a world where chaining dogs outside is a thing of the past. But we are not there yet. Our main goal is to get as many dogs off chains and into fences as possible, but also to educate dog owners so they understand why chaining a dog is unacceptable. We also aim to provide supplies to other dogs in our community who don't qualify for a fence, and provide vetting assistance when needed.

We have found that making a personal connection with the owners of these chained dogs is key. It is easy to judge these owners, but we strive not to do that. Instead we try to form a relationship with these owners that lasts well beyond the fence build. They know they can reach out to their fence build leader if they need help with their dog. This helps us to educate them about being better dog owners.

While we continue to build fences for chained dogs, we have slowly improved our ability to make real connections with the dogs' owners. Staying up to date on all the Off the Chain (OTC) dogs is challenging, so we have an annual Straw Drive in January where we and our awesome volunteers deliver straw to all our OTC dogs and some non-OTC dogs to help keep them warm in their dog houses for the winter. This allows us to get eyes on each dog at least once a year, and there is always some amount of follow-up to do after the Straw Drive.
Currently, each member of our Board of Directors functions as a fence build leader, so we are somewhat limited in the number of fence builds we can carry out depending on how many people we have on our Board at any given time. Our Board members have always started out as volunteers, and it has been slow building back up our volunteer base post-pandemic. Our overall goal is to get ourselves more and more widely known in our communities, so we can attract more volunteers, and ultimately add more Board members, thus increasing our fence build capabilities.

In 2017, we started off installing pulled fences, but over time, progressed to installing fence panels. We started off building dog houses out of wooden pallets, but progressed to providing igloo-style dog houses that provide better shelter. Over time we were able to start providing supplies to dogs in our community who do not qualify for a fence. As we grow, we learn, and we apply what we have learned to become more efficient at what we do. Going forward, we are working on improving our marketing and PR skills to get ourselves more widely known in our communities so we can attract more volunteers. This year we've also gotten some companies involved in our fence builds (the company will send a number of employees to help with the fence build), and we want to continue that trend. There is more room for growth, and we are excited about what the future will bring!

Financials

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Off the Chain USA Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Summers

Off the Chain, USA

Term: 2017 - 2024

Alice Black

Off the Chain USA

Stephanie Cashman

Off the Chain USA

Cathy McKenna

Off the Chain USA

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability