A lot of dog shelters have trouble managing the dogs they house. Some dogs become unadoptable and stay longer than necessary. In shelters that do not practice euthanasia, this problem can go out of hand.
The famous dog trainer Victoria Stilwell often visits animal shelters to check their condition. If there’s anything that she can do to help those shelters, she will take action. On one occasion the trainer made a visit to a shelter called PAWS in Atlanta and the following is a retelling of some things she did to help.
Victoria met several dogs in the shelter that had problems socializing with people and other dogs. She also met the manager, Philip, and got an accurate picture of the difficulties he is facing. When taking phone calls the staff had to tell callers that their shelter can no longer accept more dogs.
Victoria contacted several volunteers to help with the shelter operations. The trainer told the staff that if she can assemble a group of people in under an hour, then they can do better with more time. When the volunteers started helping, the shelter’s operation became smoother.
There was one dog in particular that Victoria met. Her name was Georgie. She had trouble interacting with other dogs. Victoria believed that Georgie behaved that way because she was locked up.
The trainer took Georgie out and trained her to be around other dogs. As Victoria expected, Georgie was able to learn to behave near other dogs. Eventually, someone became interested in adopting Georgie.
After three weeks since Victoria helped the shelter, more dogs have been getting adopted. The volunteers have doubled. Donations have also increased. PAWS shelter was far from what it used to be.
Victoria has done more to help this particular shelter. There are other videos about her visit to PAWS. Take a look at the video below to see more.
Video courtesy of It’s Me or The Dog via YouTube.