FROM SHELTER TO A FOREVER HOME
Free Dog Training Sessions for Fostered/Adopted Dogs
Cumberland Council, Western Sydney
One of the many pleasurable aspects of our work at DogTech is supporting local councils and animal shelters in the rehabilitation and training of rescue and foster dogs.
According to the RSPCA’s 2015 Animal Welfare report, there were 133,495 animals that were surrendered to animal shelters and adoption centres across Australia in 2014. And thanks to the dedication of animal advocates and the RSPCA, 388,636 dogs and puppies were adopted or reunited with their owners over the last decade.
In fact, rescue animals now have a nation of champions rallying and campaigning their rights more than ever before. But the struggle is not over. Despite the amazing public support, thousands of homeless dogs (and cats) around Australia still arrive at animal shelters without any hope of receiving a second chance in life.
As animal advocates, we want to see all of them find ‘forever’ homes, however, we also understand that many good-hearted people become overwhelmed by the underlying issues and misconceptions that are often associated with shelter dogs.
So what are they? The only real issue we believe exists is that the dogs are not living in a loving home.
At DogTech, we work with all dogs, regardless of their age, breed or history. We also work with many foster carers and owners who have adopted challenging dogs. A good example of this is the story of James Hudson and his adopted dog, Hugo, which we’ve featured on this page as “A Dog’s Story;” an incredible journey of patience and dedication with an outcome that will put a smile on your face (as it did with us).
There are also other negative thoughts that can prevent potential dog owners from adopting a shelter dog, especially if it’s a mixed breed or isn’t a puppy; a belief that adult dogs are too old to train. In fact, there are many fallacies about introducing shelter dogs into the home.
So this is why our gloves are off, and we’re here to help you!
Just recently, DogTech began working with Cumberland Council in Western Sydney on a volunteer basis to assist foster and adopted dogs from Blacktown Animal Holding Facility through their transition into a new or temporary home environment.
The initial training sessions we are providing are designed to eliminate any concerns so that the sole focus is to provide each dog with a loving environment and establish boundaries in their ‘forever’ or temporary home during the adjustment period.
Our thanks to Merv Ismay, Manager for Environmental Health and his incredible staff at Cumberland Council for their commitment to helping dogs receive that much-deserved, second chance in life.
Phone 02 98409715