You want every HSCT dog to find a loving, forever home, right? And you want to help them find that home, but you don’t know what you can do?
How about becoming a volunteer? I know, I know, you’re busy, and you don’t have a lot of time. Plus, going to the shelter and viewing all those dogs in need will make you sad or you’ll want to take them all home, etc. I get it. I felt the same way. I avoided venturing inside the kennels for a long time. I’m not going to lie. My heart does hurt when I meet so many homeless dogs and knowing I can only do so much.
But let me let you in on a secret. Strength grows in numbers. Meaning, joining other volunteers CAN make a huge difference in a small amount of time. Volunteering can turn a dog’s dreams of finding a forever home into a reality.
How? By doing something as simple as spending time with them.
The main requirements shelter dogs need to make them more adoptable are exercise and socialization. Yes, that’s it. Only it’s essential they have both each day.
When I say EVERY dog in the shelter, I do mean every dog. The high energy jumpers, the growlers and yappers, those poor babies who cower in the back, and of course, the calm pups who are waiting patiently for just a kind word.
Most personalities perk up and change the moment they eagerly leave the kennels and that moment is how fast you can make that difference.
Exercise is as effortless as taking a stroll around the grounds. Let’s look at how just walking a dog improves its demeanor.
- It strengthens the bond to humans. They will learn to trust easier and quicker. They will also become friendlier when introduced to their new family.
- It helps with weight management. A few pups come in overweight, but many stop eating due to stress and lose weight. Exercise will de-stress, and the movement stimulates their appetite, so they’re healthier.
- Walking also assists in improving socialization. They get used to meeting new people and see or intermingle with other dogs, readying them further when transitioning into a new home.
- It increases mental and physical health. It’s boring sitting inside those tiny kennels every day. Activity relieves boredom and stimulates their minds and bodies, which make them more adaptable when they move into a home of their own.
- Getting the dogs outside and spending time with them makes them less lonely. Can you imagine sitting in the same little cubical day in and day out with only smidgens of contact? Dogs are social creatures. Even the pups who are not dog friendly crave human companionship.
- Not to mention they’re getting better trained to walk on a leash, a win win for the dog and their new owner.
- And last but certainly not the least, YOUR health also benefits from the added workout. It’s much cheaper, more enjoyable, and more rewarding than hitting the gym!
Socialization is the other necessity, and it is designed to introduce dogs to new experiences and allow them to get accustomed to different situations so they know how to act and react appropriately.
Many shelter dogs are disconnected or they do not trust. It’s imperative to bring them into the play areas and INTERACT with them. Pet them, talk to them, and don’t be afraid to get down on the ground with them so they understand you are not a threat. Many have been let down and will behave timid, at first.
How dogs relate to people is so important when meeting potential adopters. Disinterested, growly, barking, and jumpy dogs usually have a much more difficult time leaving the shelter. All it takes is an hour a day to change that behavior and up their chances of getting into a forever home.
Are you ready to sign up? Go to the HSCT website, find the form, and go from there. After you’ve completed your orientation, and you’re looking for more specifics in assisting, then contact me through this blog. A group of fosters and myself are forming a side organization, The Canine Crusaders to work with these pups on a regular basis. We need compassionate people to join. No experience is required. Just bring your big heart!
Urgents in Need!
It’s been a rough week at HSCT and with high intakes and low adoptions, the following pups are desperate to find a forever home or a foster.
Others in Need of Homes
Tyrone, another overlooked black dog
Tiger is an all around dog.
Sher Khan is still a puppy!
Chocolate is a delicious girl!
Strider has been under the weather and out of sight. He’s better now and needs a home. Zippy is a shy guy who just wants to lay at your feet!
Amos is a big gentle lug who has a ton of love to give.
How can anyone resist Timone’s sweet face?
Perry is a heart breaker. He’s ten years old and has no business in a shelter.
Barrow is last on the list. Lets not let him move up any further.
Look who’s in their forever home!
Author, Debra Jupe, Content Editor, Daniela Ranzinger, Photographer, Cynthia Favreau
Debra Jupe writes romance/suspense. Her favorite authors are Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, and Lisa Jackson. Find her books at http://www.amazon.com or http.www.thewildrosepress.com Website: http/www.DebJupe.com