About Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue


Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue (UMDR) is a volunteer based, nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the chained/penned dog, and bringing our 'best friend' into the home with the family as a companion pet.

Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue educates, legislates and rescues the chained/penned backyard dog and fights against animal abuse and cruelty. The goal of this organization is to advocate for the chained/penned backyard dog or any dog who has no voice and cannot help or protect themselves.

Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue educates owners and the community, and offers many free services to include vetting, training and re-homing of dogs and most importantly, raises awareness in the community regarding these issues.  This organization is also at the forefront of creating, strengthening and enforcing local ordinances and laws.

Latest News & Updates

  • Force Free Dog Training Classes
    UMDR is now offering dog training classes to the community. Our training classes provide information and education to the public to prevent dogs from living life on a chain, segregated to a pen, or being surrendered to the shelter by teaching owners how to teach their dog. Our Puppy and Adult […]
  • New line of UMDR Swag!
    We now have a new line of UMDR swag. Click on the link to see the entire line of  merchandise. Order now and receive 15% off your order! A portion of all sales are donated back to UMDR! https://shop.spreadshirt.com/unchained-melody-swag/ […]
  • Y107 FM Partners with Unchained Melodies
      We are thrilled to announce that Zimmer Radio Y107 has partnered with Unchained Melodies. Watch their social media for fun videos of our available foster dogs and to learn more about Unchained Melodies. […]
  • It’s HOT!
    This is one of the worst times of the year for dogs that languish out at the end of a chain or in an outside pen. Some with little or no shade or water, struggling to stay alive. Plastic dog houses become “hot boxes” and do not provide proper shelter for a dog, especially if placed in […]
  • It’s Hot Out There!
    It’s that time again, summer and scorching hot temperatures in mid-Missouri. Even though we work tirelessly all year long for the chained/penned, abused and neglected dogs, our work is really just beginning. The calls, messages and emails are flooding us with dogs that are left outside all […]
  • Happy Dog! Coloring Book – Community Education Program
    Unchained Melodies believes in early education to teach children responsible pet ownership. We are thrilled to announce our new coloring books are here and ready to get into the hands of the children of our community. This coloring and activity book has 32 pages of coloring fun, along with puzzle […]
  • HUGE Victory For the Dogs of Columbia, MO!
    Tethering Ordinance Passes Unanimously at the City Counsel meeting on June 4th No “unsupervised tethering” for dogs in our City! We are very excited to announce that the changes to the Chapter 5 Section of the Animal Ordnance for Boone County, MO received a unanimous “YES” […]
  • Break the Chain
    Scooby before rescue from the chain Confining a Dog is a Silent Killer by Melody Whitworth Every dog deserves to live as part of his/her human family, regardless of size or breed. Yes, dogs like to be outside, but not when they are permanently removed from their human pack. Have you ever noticed […]
  • Central Mo Pet Pantry
    We are proud to announce the opening of the Central MO Pet Pantry! The Pet Pantry is located within The Food Bank – Central Pantry in Columbia, MO. 1007 Big Bear Blvd Columbia, Missouri See our Facebook page for more info at Central MO Pet Pantry. Columbia MO Pet Pantry was created to help […]