Taking 30 Seconds to Take a Video of a Shelter Dog Might Be The Key to Finding Him a Home

Taking 30 Seconds to Take a Video of a Shelter Dog Might Be The Key to Finding Him a Home

Before video took over social media, the only frame of reference people had for a dog’s personality was static images or words. Of course, those convey powerful messages, but the right video can make someone feel like they are actually with the dog, not just watching the dog. That feeling is even more powerful if you take advantage of live video features on Facebook and Instagram.
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Don’t Be Boring and Other Secrets to Finding Dogs Homes

Don’t Be Boring and Other Secrets to Finding Dogs Homes

This is a guest post by Kelly Duer and Kristen Auerbach.

In our work in Austin, Texas and Fairfax, Virginia, our main goal has been reducing the length of shelter stay for medium and large dogs. We know the longer they’re in the shelter, the more likely it is that the stress associated with being confined to a cage for 23 hours or more a day will negatively affect their behavior. (more…)

The First Story You Tell About a Shelter Dog Has the Power to Change Their Life

The First Story You Tell About a Shelter Dog Has the Power to Change Their Life

The first story you ever tell about a shelter dog will stick with that dog for the rest of the time they are in your care – and possibly the rest of their life. That first story is usually the dog’s biography. It’s on your website, it’s on sites like Petfinder, and it’s usually on your social media in some form.  So, you want the tone of that story and the emotion it evokes to be positive and reflect who that dog is as an individual.
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Easter Egg Hunts Give Dogs a Chance to Sniff Their Way into the Hearts of Potential Adopters

Easter Egg Hunts Give Dogs a Chance to Sniff Their Way into the Hearts of Potential Adopters

This is a guest post from Kristen Auerbach, Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer at Austin Animal Center.

Easter is one of our favorite holidays at Austin Animal Center. There’s nothing cuter than a big dog wearing bunny ears or a kitten curled up in an Easter basket, and for us, that’s just where the fun begins. (more…)

We’re Teaching a Masterclass in Helping Dogs Find Homes and We Know You Totally Want to Attend

We’re Teaching a Masterclass in Helping Dogs Find Homes and We Know You Totally Want to Attend

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you think we have a lot of great information for shelters and rescues. And we not-so-humbly admit that YES! We do have loads of great information to give you.

It’s one thing to read our literature, peruse our blogs, and chat with us on social media, but it’s a whole other level of learning when you get to work with us in person. That’s why we’re offering two free shelter workshops at our farm in New York this year. One from June 5 – 8 and the other from September 11– 15. (more…)