In order to tackle the diverse issues contributing to the homeless pet crisis, new programs are being devised to address different issues.
Technology Serving Rescue Transports and More!
As indicated on Doobert.com:
We connect volunteers with ways they can save animals: Transport, Photography, Foster & much more!
We help rescue, transport groups and shelters find and connect with volunteers to save animals.
We are NOT a rescue, but a software platform that joins the animal rescue community together to save animals.
Transferring of Pets from Over Populated to Responding to Demand
Veterinary programs that are serving community
AND veterinary training needs.
Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center – learn about how this mobile unit begun in 2015 has already made great strides to spay/neuter and veterinary care for participating shelters by providing vet students with valuable real life experience.
University of Florida College of Veterinarian Medicine offers their Veterinary Community Outreach Program to students as an “elective clinical rotation is designed to introduce students to the challenges of veterinary practice in both community and shelter environments”
Tufts at Tech is bringing “high-quality affordable care to underserved communities in the Worcester area”. It represents a partnership between the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Worcester Technical High School. Learn more by clicking here!
The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine has an elective Shelter Medicine rotation that provides veterinary students with experience in shelter medicine, spay/neuter, and humane education. The program seeks to further educate the next generation of veterinarians to care for shelter animals and to solve the problem of overpopulation of unwanted pets.
Students participate in two week rotations spaying and neutering dogs and cats under the supervision of faculty. This puts these students at a tremendous advantage as most DVM only perform two to three surgeries before graduation. The surgical experience this program provides is unparalleled and instills a spirit of lifelong learning and community service
Prison Partnership Programs!
A joint initiative between Karma Rescue and the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. As described on their site “Paws For Life brings rescued shelter dogs to live full-time with inmates at California State Prison – Los Angeles County. Over a twelve-week cycle, inmates will learn from Karma trainers how to train our rescue dogs for ‘Canine Good Citizen’ certification. ”
Other Pets in Prison programs
DAWGS in Prison (Developing Dogs With Good Sociability)
The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society (Florida) DAWGS in Prison program is a joint effort with Gulf Correctional Institution. All of the dogs selected for this program go through an intense 8-week training session and live with their trainers, handlers and caretakers in a dormitory style work camp. These dogs have had an extensive temperament test and get along well with other dogs and people.
Patriot Paws (Texas)
Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG) Offender Based Dog Training Program (Washington State)
Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC). The program began in March of 2012 and we are now into our third year. We have had over 93 dogs and 63 puppies graduate. Not only do our dogs learn basic obedience using positive reinforcement, but our handler/trainers also are schooled in advanced training to include: Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), T-Touch, working with fearful dogs, puppy preschool, basic care and first aid for dogs and so much more. We have recently been able to add basic agility equipment, donated to WAG, that the dogs are learning how to use to keep them engaged, teaching self-control, but mostly it is a lot of fun and great exercise!
Service Dogs Providing Therapy and Support
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Second Chances: When k9 connection pairs at-risk teens with shelter dogs, everybody wins!
In California …
The program describes itself as follows:
“k9 connection’s programs in continuation high schools offer teens the chance to break through learning and life barriers by training and bonding with homeless dogs. Experiential learning enables the teens to find self esteem, self determination and empathy while they in turn enable homeless dogs to develop the skills to be adopted into permanent loving homes.”
In planning stages in Baltimore …
In the planning stages, Baltimore Pooch Camp is focused on providing young people in Baltimore City and the surrounding areas, the tools & empowerment needed to break through their unique life circumstances & learning challenges by training & bonding with homeless dogs. The program enables the teens to increase their emotional intelligence- finding self esteem, self determination and empathy while they in turn enable homeless dogs to develop the skills to be adopted into permanent loving homes.
Addressing the needs of pets suffering from animal abuse
The Arrow Fund is dedicated to increasing public awareness of all forms of animal cruelty by providing veterinary care and support to animal victims of extreme torture, abuse, and neglect and encouraging vigorous criminal prosecution of animal abusers. In addition, The Arrow Fund endorses and supports other animal protection efforts including, but not limited to: specialized animal welfare training for law enforcement; aggressive spay/neuter initiatives; humane education of children: and other programs that encourage a more humane world for animals.
The Arrow Fund is a Kentuckiana based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides medical treatment to animals who have been victims of extreme torture, abuse, or neglect. After securing care for these animals our focus extends to holding the abuser responsible for his or her actions. We strive to educate the public regarding the ongoing problem of animal cruelty and advocate strengthening our local, state, and national animal welfare laws.