Thursday, June 26, 2014

Innovative adopting program in northern Virginia

Many shelters are bursting with cats and dogs, and in this stressful environment it can be hard for a dog to show potential adopters how wonderful they really are. Many suffer shelter depression, and show abnormal behaviors they never would if they were at home.

An animal shelter in Northern Virginia recently implemented a new take on the problem. Dogs at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter get to go on short-term adventures called the "Power Hour."

The dogs are taken out for a fun outing by screened volunteers. It can be anything from hiking to eating ice cream. During the outing, they wear "adopt me" vests, showing anyone in the area that this great dog could be theirs.

The Power Hour cannot take place in an overwhelming environment such as a school or a dog park, and the volunteers are required to take photos and videos that can be used to spread the word about the dog.

Here is Lady, eating ice cream for the first time.



~ Maria Sadowski ~

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