Educational Resources

  • Celebrating Life with a "Difficult" Dog

    Most of us have a vision of what our life will be like with a new dog, but it doesn’t always work out the way that we hoped.

    In this article, we discuss strategies for living a happier life with a "difficult" dog.

  • Why do good dogs die in shelters?

    Hundreds of thousands of dogs die in US shelters every year. Many of these dogs are friendly, healthy dogs that would make great family members - so why do they lose their lives rather than find homes?

    In this article, we discuss open intake shelters and reasons that they may make the decision to euthanize animals for space. We also explore ways to help reduce pet overpopulation, keep pets out of shelters, and increase public engagement. 

  • Short-term foster programs save lives

    A short-term foster program allows you to take a shelter dog home for a set period of time - often a single day, overnight, a weekend, or a week. This gives the dog a break from the shelter environment while also engaging the community and raising awareness about local animal welfare. There are many benefits of these programs for the dogs and the humans!
  • Why do some rescue dogs have cropped ears?

    If you've ever walked through an animal shelter, you've likely seen at least one dog with cropped ears.

    It was likely a dog with a big head and solid body, a dog that most shelters would label as a 'pit bull' or 'bully breed.' The procedure may have been done for a variety of reasons - because it is the "breed standard," a misguided attempt to improve health, or perhaps simply because it makes the dog look "tough." No matter the reason, these dogs are often overlooked by adopters because of the stigma around dogs with cropped ears when, in reality, they are just like any other dog.

  • What exactly is a 'pit bull?'

    The term 'pit bull' is a catch-all, encompassing a wide variety of breeds and mixes. While the term itself isn't necessarily negative or used with ill intent, the generalization of such a wide variety of dogs has had damaging consequences for these dogs and the people that love them.

  • MYTH: It's All About How They're Raised

    Though often said with good intentions, the sentiment that "it's all about how they're raised" implies several untrue and damaging beliefs about pit bulls and other bully breed dogs.

    All dogs are individuals. They are complex beings with feelings, emotions, and individual needs. Their past - the good and bad - absolutely plays a role in any dog’s behavior, but it shouldn't define them.

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