PONDERAY — Someone let the dogs out — Panhandle Animal Shelter dogs that is.
PAS is asking members of the community to take shelter dogs out for the day (or just a few hours) to spend some quality time with an amazing dog and help reduce their stress level by being out of the shelter.
Hounds on the Town is a unique and soul-satisfying way to become a member of the PAS volunteer community and to encourage people to foster animals, Panhandle Animal Shelter Executive Director, Mandy Evans said.
Hounds on the Town is part of a study being conducted by Arizona State University in conjunction with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which is being funded by Maddie’s Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. The goal of the study is to learn more about how fostering programs affect dogs as well as shelter staff and volunteers. The added bonus, you’ll have an awesome time taking part.
Foster programs of any length help reduce stress for dogs in kennels and provide them with enrichment and increased their visibility in the community with potential adopters. They provide shelters with valuable insight on dogs’ personalities and their behavior outside a shelter environment. It’s also a great excuse to do something new or explore beautiful Bonner County.
Evans said similar programs at shelters across the country have been enormously successful. “We are excited to introduce this in our community,” she added.
“Foster care is the gold standard for lifesaving and we consider foster caregivers as the VIPs,” said Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Executive Leadership Team of Maddie’s Fund. “These types of programs are a great way to connect the community with shelter pets.”
This program was especially designed to make participation easy. No prior experience is needed, and participants will be provided with everything they need for a successful adventure Individuals interested in taking part in the Hounds on the Town, program should contact the animal shelter at 208-265-PAWS (7297) for more information.