Placing pets in good homes is not just about finding someone who will give them love and good care, it’s also about placing them in homes that are appropriate for their innate character.
This is especially true for dogs as their needs can be greatly influenced by their breed backgrounds. Dogs with working or sporting breed lineage may present challenges in the home if their need to run, work, hunt or be busy in general is not met. Labradors, Pointers, Border Collies and hounds, for example, are perfect examples of dogs that need to do more than sit by your side and be cute.
Think of the most active child you know and consider what kind of trouble he might get in if he were kept inside for long periods of time with nothing to do and no way to expend his energy; that would be the equivalent of trying to keep a working or sporting dog as an indoor couch potato. Even when their bloodlines are mixed with other breeds, that raw energy and need for stimulation may result in what we perceive as behavior problems if they don’t have outlets for their energies.
When these types of dogs come into the shelter, we try to anticipate their needs and place them with a family that is able to provide them with the appropriate lifestyle. Choosing a dog on looks or first impressions alone can lead to unhappy people and returned adoptions. We often send people home to educate themselves about breed traits before they finalize an adoption. This process helps to manage their expectations and further prepare them for their new addition.
Occasionally, we get dogs in that we know are meant to have a real job and rather that offer them up for general adoption, we call in the professionals.
Such was the case with Skye, a 2021 SJRAS alumnus. The young Bloodhound was released to the shelter at the end of 2020 when her owner’s circumstances changed, and he became unable to provide her with the daily running and tracking exercises that are essential to a dog of this breed.
Recognizing that this dog would need special placement, we contacted local trainer Joe Nick. Within a few days Skye was sent to Joe’s training center and shortly after was picked up by the Hamilton Township Police Department and sent to the academy for training as a tracking dog. By the end of March, Skye and K-9 Handler/Officer Gary Thoresen graduated and were ready to begin their working partnership.
Within two weeks of being on the force, Skye became a hero when she successfully tracked and found a missing 11-year-old child.
Skye now has the best of both worlds as she not only works with Officer Thoresen, but also gets go home with him and spend her down time as a beloved part of the family. Skye is living her best life, something we wish for ALL of the pets that we adopt out.
Shelter needs: Canned dog and cat food, dry adult cat food (no dyes please), tuna pouches, dog treats, peanut butter, paper towels, zip ties, colored duct tape, and gift cards for pet supply and grocery outlets.
Shelter fundraiser: Step for a Pet will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at Parvin State Park. Participants are invited to take a walk through the park to raise money to benefit the homeless pets at the shelter, shop local vendors and enjoy music and giveaways. Participants and sponsors are needed. For information, visit https://bit.ly/34dMJiu.
Transport volunteers needed: The shelter needs volunteers to assist with transports of animals for various reasons. Some need to go to spay/neuter clinics others to rescue partners or wildlife rehabilitation centers, etc. To participate in the program, visit sjras.org, click on the volunteer page and fill out the volunteer questionnaire. You can also send an email to email@example.com to get started.
Shelter address: 1244 N. Delsea Drive in Vineland.
For information about fostering, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/volunteer_main/foster.
To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit https://southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org/forms/adoption-questionnaire.
To volunteer, email the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For SJRAS information, call (856) 691-1500 or visit southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org or SJRASVineland on Facebook.
Meet two amazing kitties, Bailey and Patches, 2-year-old best friends, who are inseparable. These two have found themselves at the shelter because their human could no longer care for them. They would love to be adopted together. What’s better than one cat? Two cats!
When you tell your family you are going to pick up a flower and you come home with a pretty, young girl named Hyacinth.
Morris is a shy boy who loves head scratches and treats. He’s at the Millville PetSmart.
Niblet, a 2-year-old beauty, came to the shelter in late December after her human became very ill and could no longer care for her. She’s been waiting patiently ever since to find her forever home. She’s very affectionate, but not in your face. She is content to sit next to you and get plenty of pets. She is in foster care and ready to meet her forever humans.
Oreo McFlurry? Who wouldn’t love to have a kitty named after two tasty treats?
Gigi is a beautiful girl who is looking for her forever home.
Anakin Skywalker is a very sweet, 10-month-old pit bull terrier who is frightened at having landed in an animal shelter. He will need a gentle, patient person to help him gain confidence in himself and the world. This is a darling young dog who will make someone a very devoted companion. He would probably do best in a quieter household.
Billy is a very sweet, 4-year-old pit bull terrier and boxer mix. He is a super friendly and wiggly boy, who loves everyone. Billy came to the shelter as a very thin stray. He will need plenty of groceries and tender loving care. Billy is a sweetheart who will melt your heart.
Fun and silly Louise is a darling, 2-year-old girl, who is bouncy and playful and loves toys. She is ready to find her forever home!
Luna is a 3-year-old shepherd mix who has a lively, alert personality. She would do best in a home that can provide good daily exercise.
Harper is a gorgeous, 3-year-old Great Dane mix. She is a big girl, weighing in at almost 80 pounds. Harper is a fun and lively girl with lots of personality. She is friendly and outgoing. Harper is not suited to a home with cats.
Alex is a handsome, 18-month-old pit mix, who is waiting and hoping for a loving forever home.
Juno is a sweet, 3-year-old pit bull terrier. She is a little shy in new situations and with new people. But once she gets to know you, she is bubbly and wiggly and happy. Juno has plenty of love to give.
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