FOMCA supports the concept of a chain-free environment for dogs. There are many reasons not to chain a dog for its entire life...day after day...year after year.

 Dogs are very social animals - they like to be with people and other dogs. When kept in a very confined area without exercise, human companionship, or mental stimulation, they can develop destructive behaviors including being very protective of their territory and aggression. 

Because they are lonely and frustrated - they often resort to constant barking.  So the saying "good fences make good neighbors" may apply here - and foster a quiet neighborhood.

Dogs who never get off a chain can be neglected physically as well as emotionally. They can become infested with worms because they eat and sleep in their own feces and drink water than has become stagnant.  This can become serious if not treated.

Dogs can become entangled in their chains and hang themselves - and collars can become embedded causing pain and infection.

Being chained, they are at the mercy of other dogs and wild animals and are often attacked.

Female dogs in heat can be attacked by a male producing unwanted litters.

If you are currently keeping your dog(s) permanently chained and would like to pursue fencing alternatives. please contact us.  We hope to work with pet owners to build fences starting this summer.

If you would like to volunteer to help us build fences -- or would like to contribute to the building fund -- please contact us. We need help with both.

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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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