It has been a while since my last post, as my training programs have become quite busy in my local area, but I have not forgotten about my efforts to help dogs find “furever” homes!
Recently, I noticed that there were not many options for people looking to re-home their pets safely and locally in my area. On the flip side, many of my clients had expressed that they did not feel their rescue organizations/foster families gave them adequate information about the dog they were adopting. In an attempt to help families and pets in my immediate area (Northern Virginia) I created a Facebook group dedicated to connecting fosters/owners who were looking for adopters with local families who were looking to adopt a dog (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rehomerehabnova). The group has gotten quite a few new members and is steadily growing. I even got to work with one of the dogs who found his new home through the group last weekend in a training capacity 🙂
I would encourage other canine professionals to offer something similar to their local communities, not only for their personal growth as a business, but to offer advice and alternatives for people who are struggling with their pups. The more dogs we as pet lovers and professionals can keep out of shelters, the more lives we can save. For the most part, groups can run themselves, so it is not too much extra work for busy schedules. For my group I did make it private, and I must approve any posts to the group to insure that breeders and fighters are not scamming members. Approving posts and members only takes a few seconds of your day, and can be done from your smart phone while you are on the go!
A few weeks ago I had a client call after she adopted Lakota, a 2.5 year old Husky from a shelter about getting started on some training. It quickly became apparent that Lakota was extremely prey aggressive, and would not do well in her home with 2 cats, a bird and an elderly dog (that she did bite and injure, unfortunately). Lakota was on her third home, and if she was returned she would have been put down. Neither one of us wanted this to happen, as it was very clear that the poor girl just had a rough go of it in her first two “homes.” She, being extremely people oriented, would thrive in a home without “prey” animals. I went about using my resources to try to find her a home that would be better suited to her needs. After fielding some gross back-yard breeders, and people who didn’t seem to understand her needs, I found a couple down the street looking to adopt. They have a fully fenced in (6ft!) backyard with lots of room to run, and lots of time to spend giving her cuddles and teaching her how to be a happy and content family member. Even better, they are more than willing to let her current owner visit and spend time with Lakota whenever she wants, as the current owner was very sad to have to re-home her, even after a short amount of time spent with her. Definitely a rewarding experience, even though it was sad to need to re-home her, its good knowing that if you put in the effort and get the word out, you can find the right fit for both people and pets 🙂
Since I am still in the process of getting my App up and running, I thought I would get a head start on showing how this project could help out animals in need.
Rescues: Send me pictures of adoptable animals, and all relevant information about them to me, and I will post them here in hopes of reaching a potential adopter. Please send contact information and any links to your website for paperwork and other information as well. Also let me know any type of restrictions on the animal, i.e. how far you can adopt out, medical information, good with other animals/have they been tested, etc.
Public: Feel free to scan through and see if your new family member is just a click away!
Donate to the project: Donate
Follow Us on Facebook: Facebook Page