Two years ago, Alyssa Michnick and a group of shelter volunteers were faced with a reactive dog conundrum. You see, any individual dog of any breed or mix can be reactive. Through training, these dogs can become less reactive. A key part of that involves walking with other dogs – which brings us to the conundrum. Some people judge dogs they perceive as “pit bull” dogs differently than they would another reactive dog. They don’t view that dog as an individual. For that reason, Alyssa and her group had trouble finding people who would walk with reactive “pit bull” dogs. (more…)
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but it’s not too late to put together a swoon-worthy promotion that will bring your community to your shelter.
Here are three great ideas to get people to go gaga over the dogs in your care: (more…)
We always advocate for shelters and rescues to have a robust social media presence. Part of that, if not 90% of that, is to have photos that convey a dog’s personality. You don’t need to have professional photos, but they do need to be eye-catching.
There are lots of different ways to do that. Old Yeller Ranch Rescue found a simple way to take these photos – they let their dogs take them. (more…)
In 2015, Pit Sisters, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the euthanasia rates of homeless dogs, took over the Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills (TAILS) program from another organization. Since then, the program has helped hundreds of dogs – and humans.
Dogs Playing for Life is an organization close to our hearts, and not merely because they are one of our grantees. The non-profit mentors staff and volunteers at shelters across the country on playgroup enrichment. (more…)