Favorite Shelter Programs

February 10, 2012  

For the month of February, we are celebrating shelters. So we asked our Facebook fans, What’s your favorite aspect of your local shelter? Do they have an event or any special programs that you love?

Whether it was fundraisers, spay/neuter programs, pit bull education and awareness and dedicated volunteers, these shelters are doing all they can to improve the lives of dogs and other animals and for that, we applaud them all!

Thanks everyone for sharing.

(photos by Melissa Lipani)

Animal Rescue League of Iowa… my semi-local shelter (30 or so miles from where I live)… hasta be my fave! My Ozzie is in their ARL Black Dog Club and my Miya is in their ARL Pit Crew Club… they do soooo very much for community animals! Raise awareness, offer low-cost programs to spay/neuter/ train, off free help and advice on any animal related issues, offer WONDERFUL fund-raisers such as bathing/grooming, photos with Santa/etc… they are fabulous!

~ Sara Babbitt

At Southwest Humane, they have a fundraiser called "PAWS for a Cause." Every year, they put out a calendar (sales of which go to shelter). They have local people submit their pets to be in the calendar and then each submission is voted on (and each vote costs $1, another part of how they use this event to raise money.) It is sponsored, at least in part, by a local pet photographer Lara Blair – a very talented lady indeed! In 2011, my gramma’s dog was the winner, which gave her the cover and a free session with Lara. My own dog was submitted for the 2012 calendar and won 4th place! I think it’s a great fundraiser and having Lara involved just makes it better!

~ Stephanie N. Rotondo

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue hosts an annual pit bull awareness day for western North Carolina. Best day of the year!

~ Dustin Brantley

Last time I visited my local shelter in Kennebunk, Maine, the shelter help was in the kennels spending time with the dogs while they were inside. It was really nice to see. Shelter dogs need love too.

~ Colleen Van Voorhis

SLCo Pit Crew ROCKS!! It’s a partner program with Best Friends that has increased pit bull adoptions in Salt Lake City, and helped spread positive pibble awareness in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Because of this program, there are lots of pibbles who now live wonderful second lives as ordinary dogs and loving family members.

~ Collette Gillian

Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter (CHA) – I love their Luv-a-bulls program because it’s one of the very few in our area. I love that they give pits the same chance as any other dog unlike many of the other places around our area. My brother adopted his pit from them and she is wonderful. They take wonderful care of all of the animals and their volunteers too.

~ Adriel Doan

Campbell County Animal Shelter in Northern Kentucky is the best. They are extremely rescue friendly, very helpful and understanding. I love that they allow resident dogs and cats to roam free during office hours and even some of the smaller dogs up for adoption come out to play. It’s a great atmosphere to see how an animal responds to people and other animals.

~ Alexander Thomas

The Washington Animal Rescue League is the BEST. Flowing water going over each kennel roof, soft music and heated floors for the doggies. They offer reduced pricing for vaccinations too. Many times they are the ‘go to’ shelter who will rescue dogs from large hoarding situations, dog fighting rings and puppy mills. A really beautiful and friendly place.

~ Beverly S Goulet

Faithful Friends in Wilmington DE is a no-kill shelter that specializes in pitties. They do a ton of fundraisers from car shows, concerts with local bands, and radio promotions of their program called “The Pit Stop” where they do pit bull education. They are wonderful and friendly with a knowledgeable staff on site and run completely on the kindness of the community they serve.

~ Ally Friday

BARCS Animal Shelter and the Barcs Pit Crew has a program called the Pit Bull Ambassadors. They are evaluated by our behaviorists and trainers for temperament and behavior, and if they pass all of the required tests, they are deemed an ambassador for the breed. Adopting out these fantastic dogs helps change the public’s mind of the breed. Some of these dogs may not have had a very easy time being adopted otherwise, due to size, age, or physical appearance. Baltimore is slowly becoming more responsible with pit bull ownership, but we have a long way to go. Programs like this should exist in any area that is over run with a specific breed, especially our beloved pit bulls.

~ Pet-U-Cation Training and Rehabilitation

I always look forward to October and the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society‘s annual mutt strut. They always have great activities for dogs and dog owners and great entertainment. Personally though I love seeing all of the dogs in their Halloween costumes the most!

~ Santa Elizabeth McKenna

It’s not a shelter, but it’s a group of ladies who go into bad neighborhoods and rescue pups. They foster them and get them adopted they also do free spay/neuter right in the neighborhoods too, which is amazing because many people can’t afford it and it leaves no excuse to not get their dogs fixed.

~ Auction Base

Coastal Humane Society has an annual Paws for a Cause and we all walk around LL Bean with our dogs and alumni dogs get a special medal! I love the fact that they were able to rescue my little girl from down south through volunteers willing to transport.

~ Carol Gessman

My favorite aspect of the Stark County Humane Society is that my fiancé works there and does so much to help every dog that come through there.

~ Shelby Smoot

My favorite aspect of First Coast No More Homeless Pets is that they offer free spay/neuter surgeries for any pit bull type dog on the surrounding three counties. They are really doing their part to cut down on the huge homeless pit bull dilemma we face in Jacksonville.

~ Maria Isabel Garcia

The SPCA of Wake County has the Pit Crew, which spotlights our pitties and pit mixes for adoptions. A local photographer gives her time and materials to feature them in creative photo shoots each month. We also have the Black Dog/Cat Club, which focuses on dark-coated animals who are more likely to be overlooked. As for events, everyone loves the Bark and Wine with your Valentine! Fine wine and beer tasting, yummy eats, and puppy kisses. We also do the K9-3K dog and people march in Raleigh each year. It’s the largest march of dogs in city history, all to raise money to help homeless pets. Our local SPCA is a very special place with helping animals at the very focus, the heart of the organization.

~ Bethany Erin Reeves

Our shelter is amazing! They offer everything from cheap rabies clinics to “pet photos with Santa.” And they are working hard to become a “no-kill” shelter.

~ Laura J. Nutter

Our local Virginia shelter, the Norfolk Animal Care Center, works very hard to create a clean, happy and enriched environment for all the animals. They have revamped their forms and applications system to make it much more user-friendly; and they often run special programs and offers in order to make people aware of available pets. This is a very positive place.

~ Lynette Combs

Dane County Humane Society in Madison, WI, has a “Positively Pitties” community outreach training program. They treat pitties just as they would any other dog at their shelter and post them on their available dogs web page for as long as needed. DCHS has a low cost spay-neuter program, a “dealing with pet loss” group meeting, and comfort rooms (with couches and dog beds) for dogs that are stressed in the kennel environment (they also have a foster program). Two of our pitties came from DCHS (they had “big black dog” syndrome but DCHS held onto them until we came along).

~ Jane O’Malley

Our SPCA has a free pit bull training program and you can also trade your worn out leashes and collars in on free ones. They also hold a bully bash every year to help raise awareness on dog fighting and educate the public.

~ Amber Wolf

Our local municipal shelter (aka “the pound”) where I volunteer has many wonderful things going for them. First and foremost is that they adopt out ALL breeds of dogs (and cat and rabbits, too.) They do not euthanize for space. There is no time limit; once an animal is deemed adoptable, it stays there until adopted or transferred to a rescue organization.
They offer free weekly training class open to residents of Oakland and to any dog adopted from the shelter regardless of where they live. The dedicated volunteers also bring shelter dogs to the training class in order to make them more adoptable. Oh, and the euthanasia rate is below 50%, which is pretty incredible for an underfunded city-run shelter. (The national average is about 85%.)

~ Wren End Bsl Kellogg

My local shelter is Huntington Animal Shelter. Through them the League for Animal Protection and Grateful Paw work to save animals. The volunteers and staff truly care and are no kill. They have lifers there for a variety of reasons. The LAP is constantly advocating for pits!

~ Alexandra Beck

I love Friends of Jacksonville Animals, they have an annual Strut Your Mutt walk, and it is so much fun! I love showing off my shelter dog.

~ Christine Epperson

Our shelter does not breed discriminate and we have education programs for all ages.

~ Mia Hess

I worked for a shelter, it’s where I got my pit bull from. Speaking as a former shelter worker/animal control officer, there are so many things to like that I can’t even begin to list them.

~ Bonnie Carter

I can point out both good and bad points about ACCT Philly. They microchip every dog adopted which I love! And they keep excellent photos and bios here on Facebook under Philly urgents. They are 99.9% pit bull and they do not discriminate!!! They also have a pen pal program where volunteers focus on adopting and working with each dog.

~ Melissa Foti

Our shelter supports the bully breed and works closely with a newly formed bully crew that picks up the animals for events, 20 bullies where adopted last month. Sadly they are over worked and we need more volunteers.

~ Jo Presti Brisson

When I worked at a shelter we did a fundraiser where the dogs and cats made artwork. We used pet safe paint and let them walk across the paper. Then we framed them and on the back had a nice picture of the artist with a bio. We auctioned them of during the art auction. Some of the artists were present at the auction as well a few artist found homes too.

~ Michelle Willey

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4 Responses to “Favorite Shelter Programs”
  1. christielici0us says:

    I love that so many people have such kind things to say about their local shelters and rescues. It means there are a lot of kind souls doing important work in communities all over the country. Keep it up! There are so many sweet doggy faces depending on you!




  2. ValerieSherman says:

    I was recently invited to attend an information session at the Sonoma County Animal Care and Control for their revised program which contacts rescues to relieve the shelter of some animals so they can be fostered and adopted out, they call it the Registered Animal Placement Partner Program. I volunteer for Rattie Ratz Rescue and live nearby so they asked me if I wanted to attend and be a contact for pulling domestic rats from this shelter for Rattie Ratz..there are several volunteers on this list, not just me. I’m just learning about this program here, so I’ll let you know. I can’t say yay or nay about them yet, I have never even been in the building yet.

    As far as I know, Rattie Ratz has only pulled from this shelter recently..and a lot of people don’t even realize there are small animal rescues out here, not even veterinarians, except the one’s we use. We will for sure be educating them too. Our director will see to that, no doubt. LOL.

    I love that so many programs are opening up and being funded. I know it’s not new, I think it is growing though.

    There are small animal rescues across the country. That surprised even me.

  3. KarenHermansen says:

    Hope Safehouse of Racine, Wisconsin takes in neglected, abused dogs and cats and also takes animals from shelters that are due to be euthanized. We put all dogs in foster homes, take care of all their medical needs, assess their temperaments and adopt them out to loving homes. During Hurricane Katrina, we took in 300 + animals, treated them for heart worms, etc., spayed and neutered them and adopted those who could not be reunited with their original homes. We operate on a shoestring and also educated the public. You can check us out on the Web, or on Facebook!