Help us keep rescue dogs in homes, not shelters
Little Paws of Love, Inc., a 501c3 Rescue, would like to rent a large home, with a live-in trainer/behaviorist, to help them adjust to a home environment, so the possibility of failure is greatly reduced.
With your support, these rescues can be in a home-environment for 2-3 weeks, and learn the skills and confidence to reduce their return to the shelter.
- The transition home will house a dog going into a foster/adopter home for 1-4 weeks, or longer if necessary.
- The final goal is to have a happy, healthy, and positively adjusted dog, ready to go into a foster/adopter home. The rate of healing will be completely dependent upon the comfort and trust of the dog. They will determine their readiness of the new home.
- The goal of the transition home is the acclimation of a dog going from a shelter/boarding environment, into a home environment.
- One of the main failures of fostering/adoption, is that once inside a home, a dog is in an unfamiliar environment, and may show fear and behavior issues. As a result of going from a shelter, directly into a home, many people do not have the skill and patience required to transition the dog.
- The rate of successful rehoming would increase if the dog already possesses the skills, and comfort, to thrive in a home environment.
- The transition healing will require the following action steps:
- Assessment of initial behavior issues (i.e. fear, past abuse, temperament).
- Structuring a program that will work to the dogs strengths, in order to overcome any issues they face.
- Once the dog reaches a positive level of trust, and comfort, the next step will be interaction with people, and dogs, in the home environment. Socialization is a critical part of the program.
- The dog must be continually exposed to home-environment stimuli, in order to work on any fears they may have.