The Issue: Overpopulation of Untrained Pets in a Rural Area
For years, a herd of horses has been left abandoned, fending for themselves in a Steven’s County pasture. These and other animals like them have been a growing concern for residents, as the county has no animal-control program in place, according to an article in The Spokesman-Review. Smaller abandoned animals such as dogs and cats are often ignored or dumped in the overcrowded shelters of next county.
Local rescues and animal sanctuaries, however, have been working to find homes for as many dogs and cats as they can. Because they were abandoned in rural environments, these animals often require medical treatments and extensive socialization before they can be placed in permanent homes.
The Campaign: Providing Socialization Training for Dogs
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary to socialize rescued dogs. For every $90 raised, the organization will be able to provide one week of Pawsitive Pooch socialization training for several volunteers and rescued dogs.
As part of the Pawsitive Pooch program, a professional trainer will instruct dogs on basic obedience, walking on a leash, curbing aggression, and interacting positively with humans—a necessity for dogs that were abused. The program runs three hours a day, three days a week to immerse dogs in good behaviors. During these sessions, volunteers can also learn socialization tactics to help with future trainings.
Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary
In an effort to stop abandoned animals from crowding shelters over county lines, the Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary started finding homes for dogs that were in the city pound. The organization quickly expanded to take in dogs and cats from all over the county. Sanctuary director Nancy Rose had to build cages in the organization’s office to hold all the cats and transform her apartment into a haven for elderly animals, as she explained to the The Spokesman-Review. The dogs live outside in a barn and makeshift shelter.
But despite its humble accommodations, Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is working to protect all of the abandoned animals it can. It houses up to 100 animals at a time, and last year it found homes for more than 800 pets. Every day, volunteers clean out the animals’ bedding and litter boxes and spend time playing with them. Each animal in the shelter also receives full vaccinations, spay or neuter treatments, and medical examinations.
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