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Pete Monte
Jan 06, 2021
In TROUBLE SHOOTING
A common concern of staff and guests at our shelter is the way owners physically handle their dogs (pulling/dragging, jerking, scolding, etc.). Although I try to work closely with owners to educate in many areas of responsible ownership I really wish I had something in the form of a flyer or poster I could distribute. Does anyone have anything specifically on handling or is interested in producing something, much like we are doing with the companion vs service animal brochure?
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Pete Monte
Sep 02, 2020
In TROUBLE SHOOTING
Requiring Spay/Neuter for access to overnight shelter always seemed like an easy decision until I was actually faced with having to exit (turn away) someone for refusing to do so. In this case the owner was explicit about their intent to breed the dog and sell the puppies. Justifying this from an animal welfare position is easy for me but people, particularly colleagues, that are are used to and primarily advocate for homeless people struggle with such a mandate. If you have written or enforced similar policy, what does it look like? What is your process? How to you enforce it? Are you consistent or are there ever exceptions made?
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