Fences For Fido

Before June 8, Gotti and Jackie, a pair of dogs living in Northeast Salem, needed to be chained in their yard to keep them from breaking through a plywood barrier and out into the neighborhood.

That day a group of volunteers from Fences For Fido — a Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to building humane spaces for dogs — provided the animals’ family with a fenced yard and shelter, allowing the canines to move freely around their home.

Since starting in May of 2009, Fences For Fido has helped more than 600 dogs, about one-third of which live in Marion County, according to president and co-founder Kelly Peterson. Co-chair and Salem resident Michelle Blake started the first Salem project in October 2009, and estimates the group builds two to three fences in Marion County each month. In addition to fences and shelters, the group provides veterinary and spay and neutering services for the dogs.

“Watching the dogs’ reaction to their new-found freedom as they run and check out their new surroundings, it’s priceless,” Salem volunteer Lynda Sievers writes. “You can really see a change in their demeanor.”

To contact Fences For Fido, donate or request a fence, visit FencesForFido.org.

Photos by Diane Beals. Intro by Chris Hagan.

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Fences For Fido volunteers (left to right): Skye McCloud, Mike Phillips, Justin Timms, Bob Parker, Jerry Freund, Pedra Weber, Jessica McLaren, Erin Amundson, Lynda Sievers, Sherri Watson and Terry Welch.

McCloud and Weber drive in a stake for the fence.

Phillips and Welch work to keep a post steady while planting it into the ground.

Gotti, one of two dogs on the property.

Phillips and Timms drive a post.

Welch carries a gate across the yard.

From left: Pedra Weber, Cyndi Swaney and Skye McCloud keep it light.

Parker and Timms get the fencing in place.

Timms keeps the fencing in place before it's attached to the posts.

Gotti gets some attention from owner Mary Reed while the Fences For Fido volunteers complete the fence.

McCloud secures the bottom of the fence.