We need help to build a fence so that we can keep our 3 dogs. This is a long story.
We need $1,075 for fence materials and to have them delivered so my husband can build it.
We have been dealt a rough hand. We got married in December of 2017 and we have 3 dogs. LuLu, Honey, and Sarge. Shortly after we got married, I lost my job.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find another where we lived in PA. We scraped by barely until our lease ended and moved back home to WV. We lived on my husband’s family farm in a home on the property owned by his parents. My husband started working for his dad, who paid him $10/hour. My husband worked 50+ hours a week every week on the farm. We had no health insurance due to my husband being paid as a contractor. His father refused to give him a raise or switch him to an employee so that we could have insurance. He encouraged my husband to get a second full time job so that he could have insurance, as we had just found out I was pregnant. This was despite the fact that he is a multimillionaire and my husband’s brother supports his entire family on over $100,000/year salary working on the farm.
His parents were extremely cruel to me. They spread lies and tried to convince my husband to leave me. We were trapped with no way out, but we managed to still care for our dogs well because they are like our kids! We needed to get out of there it was going to destroy our marriage and any hope of getting out of that rut.
In May of 2019 my husband received a job offer as a farm manager in North Carolina! They offered us a company rental and allowed us to bring all of our dogs. The catch was they needed him in a week to start. We spent every last penny we had moving our few belongings to the company rental. We were shocked that it is only 600 square feet. They don’t charge us much in rent. My husband is making a better wage, but we still struggle as we try to bounce back from the deep deep hole we were in.
I am 32 weeks pregnant now. We do not have time to find a new place before the baby. It would break our hearts to have made it this far only to have to take the dogs to the shelter. But we just do not have room for them to get their energy out nor am I physically able to take them out on a leash so they do not get the exercise they need. I sold my car to make the move happen. We are stretched very thin for the foreseeable future. We have a long list of baby supplies that we are capable of handling, but anything outside of absolute necessities is not in the budget.
We desperately need to build a fence so that we can let the dogs out to run and get tired. Also we won’t have to put them on a leash to let them out to go potty. This will allow us to get rid of their crates and make more space in the house. In addition, they will be much calmer and more content which will create a more relaxed environment for the baby. We will have more room physically and in our schedule since we will be able to let them out and know they are safe and contained.
This would allow us to keep all three dogs and not have to take them to a shelter. They are extremely bonded as they have been together their entire lives with us and so I fear how a change now would affect them. I don’t trust a rural shelter to put in the time and effort to ensure they stay together.
My husband is going to build the fence himself. So we just need money for the materials.
Boards, screws, wire, and the hinges for a gate will cost us $900 at the discount builders supply store in town. Delivery is $175, flat rate. It is the nearest store to us and it’s still a 20 minute drive from us.
We need $1,075 for materials and delivery. Any amount is appreciated. It would be too much to take to have made it all this way and through all of these trials only to have to find homes for our dogs now.