In August 2017, Wilbur-Ellis Feed donated $3,000 to Fences for Fido, a Portland, Oregon, nonprofit that builds fences at no cost to families who keep their dogs on chains, tethers or in small enclosures. Fences for Fido also provides insulated dog houses, spay and neuter services and emergency veterinary care. The organization has unchained nearly 1500 dogs in northwest Oregon, central Oregon and southwest Washington during its eight years of operation.
“For many people, pets are a part of the family,” said Wilbur-Ellis Feed HR Director Michele O’Rourke, who has participated in several local builds with Fences for Fido. “It’s important to reach out to our communities to provide others the means to help support their families. It’s more than just a fence, it’s about providing the animal with safety and security.”
In July 2017, the state of Washington adopted a new law that makes it illegal to leave a dog tethered for a prolonged period without having access to adequate shelter, food and water. This new law increased demand for fencing and Fences for Fido’s waiting list. Wilbur-Ellis Feed’s donation will provide five local dogs with fences and accompanying services.
“Our most heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Wilbur-Ellis Feed for their recent $3,000 donation to Fences for Fido,” said Fences for Fido President Michele Coppola. “Your generous gift will change the lives of fidos throughout our region, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”