CHERISH THEM ALL, BIG AND SMALL! WHAT ADOPTING FROM
SCHNAUZER RESCUE TEACHES A CHILD
Patience – helping teach a rescue to learn the ins and outs of a new
home and family requires it!
Hope – even a helpless dog lost or left behind has a chance to have a
Commitment – your family will make a long-term one to your new pet
Love – your rescue will give it freely and unconditionally
OUR HUMANE EDUCATION PROGRAM,
OFFERS GREAT TIPS FOR TEACHING KIDS (AND THEIR PARENTS) ABOUT VALUING
TAKE ACTION TO SAVE THEIR LIVES!
Each of us can make a difference to stem the tide of unwanted pets,
one dog at a time.
*Adopt a rescue
or shelter dog.
So many wonderful pets are given up each day through no fault of their
own. Adopting your next companion instead of purchasing a puppy
helps save the life of one very deserving animal. *Keep your
pet safely confined and wearing identification.
Prevent your pet from becoming lost by never allowing him to run
loose. It takes a little effort to leash walk your dog, but that
effort is essential to prevent your pet from becoming lost.
and neuter your pet. Make sure your pet doesn't
contribute to pet overpopulation. Children do not need to
experience the "wonder of birth" by having a companion animal
reproduce. Instead, take them to the shelter to see the many
animals with litters who are left homeless.
*Make a real commitment. Before bringing a pet into your
home, make sure you are ready for a lifetime of responsible care and
GREAT TRAINING TIP
Often our goal in training our companions is to get them to
"stop" doing a certain behavior, like jumping up on guests. But
a more effective approach involves giving the dog an alternate
behavior that is more rewarding. For example, when a visitor
comes to the door, ask your dog to "sit" and then give him a treat.
If the dog jumps up, ask your visitor to ignore him and walk away.
Encourage your visitor to keep any greeting low key as to not overly
excite your dog. Each time a visitor comes, repeat the sit and
treat. Your dog will eventually come to associate the arrival of
a visitor with the treat - and will immediately initiate the "sit"
without your command.
GREAT STORIES -
In Memory of Rocky - Please read our
tribute to a special rescue. If you'd like to have your rescue story posted,
please send it to
Every day thousands of dogs and cats across America are brought to
animal shelters and thousands of others are euthanized because they
have been deemed unadoptable or because their time is "up." The
scale of this mass execution makes the problem seem distant and almost
impersonal. But authors Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer believe if
we could all see each one of these animals as a living, breathing
individual, perhaps we might really come to understand the problem and
work to do something about it. In One at a Time, A Week in an
American Animal Shelter, the authors have documented the story of
some of the animals who entered a typical American shelter that week.
It's an astonishing achievement, and one that must be digested in
pieces. The authors spent time getting to know the dogs and
cats, learning why they were brought to the shelter, and then
essentially waited to see what their fate would be. Some were
never claimed by owners. Litters of kittens competed with other
litters, equally irresistible. The authors make the point that
he flow of unwanted animals is the real issue that must
be addressed, not whether a shelter is forced to euthanize due to
space constraints. Their stories are riveting, often
heartbreaking, sometimes uplifting and will forever change the way we
look at our commitment to our pets. www.novoiceunheard.org