3:15 PM: The smallest person from the house has returned. Maybe he will play with me! He does not. I go to the bathroom in the same place I always go, a few feet from my shelter.

5:30 PM: The rest of the people are home. One of them yells at me to stop barking. I pace back and forth, confused.

6 PM: I smell food in the house. I am still hungry and thirsty.

7 PM: One of the people from the house comes out to see me. He fills my food and water bowls and I am so happy for this attention that I jump up in excitement, spilling both bowls, and now I have nothing to eat or drink .

7:30 PM. Another lonely night. I try to dream about a better life and hope that people understand that I have value and don’t want to be apart from my pack, my family.

Please be willing to change how you think of me, and all my four legged friends, who never get off our chains.  Make our lives different - know we are sad and lonely this way. Let us be part of your family, or let us run and play, or even find us another home if you cannot do these things.



 For information or help getting your dog off a chain contact Friends of Madison County Animals (FOMCA) at 828-649-9798 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 For other links, go to website:  "A Day in the Life of a Backyard Dog." BC SPCA. BC SPCA, 2013. Web. 39 Mar. 2013. <http://www.spca.bc.ca/welfare/campaign-issues/tethered-dogs.html#.UzclPvldWDt>. (photo and article)


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Friends of Madison County Animals is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

With Your Support as of December 31, 2016

  • 788 cats & dogs were spayed & neutered
  • 18,629 lbs of cat & dog food was distributed to the needy & homebound 
  • 1,500 rabies vaccinations were given through Rabies Clinics plux approx. 30 per S/N Clinic
  • 8 Dog houses given to owners with dogs in need of shelter
  • 8 Fences givenn to owners with dogs on a chain.
  • 533 flea and tick prevention applications were distributed to pet owners
  • 83 Vetrinary Assistance Vouchers were given out to help owners with sick or injured pets.


Friends of Madison County Animals 

Contact us at:
P.O. Box 191
Marshall, NC 28753
Phone: 828-649-9798
Fax: 828-649-9798
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Visit our Outreach Center at 
115 Blannahassett Island - Studio 104  in Marshall 
Monday & Wednesday 
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Friday

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