About Us - Our Mission - Our Story


We are a registered not-for-profit corporation in the state of North Carolina. We are also recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity (EIN# 81-2048716)This allows donors to make tax deductible donations/contributions to our organization. Please consult your tax professional for more details.

We endeavor to work in under-served neighborhoods in Guilford County, NC; assisting families to become compliant with local anti-tethering ordinances by providing no-cost, chain link kennels, with a tarp covering allowing them to unchain their pet in a safe and secure enclosure. Furthermore, we will provide education on spay/neutering as well as proper pet care, and have partnered with a local veterinarian to offer affordable pet care to the families we assist. Requirements for those considered for our program are the following:

  • All pets must be spayed/neutered
  • Owner must be receiving government assistance or meet our low income requirement
  • A family member is asked to help build the kennel (if physically able)
  • A family member is asked to "pay it forward" to help us build another families kennel (if physically able)
  • Owner must agree to our follow-up visits every 4-6 weeks

OUR STORY ~ by Sylvia Mayon
Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in "Break the Chain Kennel Kru." Besides my family, BTCKK is my passion. Here is a brief story of our humble beginnings.

On April 26, 2015, my father passed away from a sudden heart attack. He was a perfectionist and a hard worker. He was constantly building, remodeling or creating something remarkable. Every job he did, was done with the highest attention to detail. In his community of Janesville, WI, he was known for the various charitable work he did. I felt that building kennels to help families & their dogs in these under-served communities would be a perfect way to honor him while combining both of our passions.

Since 2013, I have prayed that I would find where I belong in the animal rescue world. After being an outreach volunteer for a year, I knew that it had to involve helping chained dogs.

In October 2015, my husband Andrew and I revisited a wonderful family while doing outreach. They had their dog “Cash” neutered thru Project B.A.R.K.’s spay/neuter program. After talking with Cash’s family they shared that they may have to surrender him because they couldn't afford a higher fence, and couldn't afford Guilford County's newly enacted tethering fine. (Cash was chained because he kept jumping over their four foot fence.) Andrew and I looked at each other and asked Cash's Mom, "What if we raised the funds to build Cash a nice kennel with a tarp? Would you accept our help?" Cash’s mom, with tears in her eyes said "Absolutely!"

Determined to help Cash and his family, we privately reached out to friends and family asking for donations to help purchase his kennel and tarp. On November 8, 2015, four of us, along with Cash's family built him his kennel. It took us three hours, but it was so awesome to work with Cash’s family to help him. Once we completed the build, we unchained Cash. Seeing how happy he was, on a bed of straw instead of the mud he was used to, and chewing on his new toy, Andrew & I got in the car and said "This is what God has called us to do!" Not only did Cash's family help us build their kennel but his Dad also helped us build several other kennels and has provided straw on other builds as well!

I am so grateful to those of you who have mentored and encouraged me. I have to first thank Beverly Jay S for taking me on my first outreach in October 2014 while volunteering with Unchain Guilford. I knew after that experience, outreach was where my passion was. She has been an amazing mentor and friend to me since then.

We are look forward to helping other chained dogs and their families in Guilford County. Thank you to Beverly, Frances, Sandi and Dave, Ally and Will, and of course, my husband, Andrew for going on this journey with me.

Dad, I will work hard to make you proud! Until we see each other again.....Love & Miss You Sylvia♥