Tag Archives: shelter dogs

The Hand That Feeds: There Are Better Options Than Hand Feeding

Posted on: October 18, 2018 - No Comments

It used to be standard operating procedure for some dog professionals to advise new rescue dog parents to hand feed said dog in order to effectively create a bond. In some cases, it still is standard. It depends on who you ask. The same protocol is also suggested by some trainers for dogs who resource Read More

Christmas Puppies: the Good, the Bad, and the Oh So Cute!

Posted on: December 14, 2015 - No Comments

There are many wonderful resources for you to read about whether bringing home a puppy over the holidays is a responsible choice for your family. This article is meant to help you make good choices once you have already decided to bring a new dog home for the holidays.

I Couldn’t Save Them All

Posted on: March 17, 2015 - 5 Comments

I've been hearing people ask "why couldn't you save them all?" and "why didn't you save more dogs?" When I start second guessing everything, I have to remind myself that those people didn't walk in our shoes, and didn't have to make those difficult choices.

When Good Rescue Groups Make Bad Dog Training Decisions

Posted on: October 18, 2014 - 6 Comments

Dog is abused, abandoned, neglected. Dog is rescued. Dog has behavioral issues stemming from a difficult past. Rescue group calls in a trainer, who puts a shock collar on the dog to "fix" him and make him adoptable. While the above scenario may be oversimplified, it happens all too often in the rescue world. I worked on Read More

Inmates as Dog Walkers–What’s Your Take?

Posted on: June 11, 2014 - 2 Comments

Inmates as dog walkers--is this the next great animal shelter idea? I recently read a story out of Florida about a local sheriff's department that will be using inmates to help the dogs at the county's animal control receive daily walks. The issue was brought to the Brevard County Commission after a volunteer at the Read More

Are Black-Coated Dogs Harder to Adopt?

Posted on: April 17, 2014 - 2 Comments

There have been some studies out lately that have come to the conclusion that the color of a dog’s coat doesn’t matter to people who are looking for a dog to adopt. They state that the old theory that black-coated dogs are more difficult to adopt than lighter color dogs is not true. The ASPCA Read More

Shelter Dogs Shine with Celebrity Names

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - No Comments

What's in a name? Potentially a life! Animal shelters all over the country are using a clever new tactic to help facilitate adoptions and increase the bond between animals and potential adopters--they're naming the animals after celebrities. This new marketing strategy helps potential adopters empathize with the homeless animals and hopefully see them in a different Read More

My first trip to Oregon

Posted on: March 1, 2011 - 4 Comments

Victoria Stilwell talks about her trip to Oregon, where she visited the Willamette Humane Society and got to pick out several shelter dogs to use in her live show.