The year 2018 was sure a big, successful year for us at the Center. We wanted to start off by saying we ended our year with 3,664 total adoptions! That's incredible because we have been renovating our dog kennels all year. We even surpassed our regular AND “stretch” adoption goals for the year, which means so much to us, and hopefully to you, too, especially if you adopted.
This past year, we spayed/ neutered nearly 5,000 cats and dogs, we provided low-cost vet care to over 5,300 pet owners in our Wellness Clinic and our Humane Officers investigated nearly 1,100 cruelty complaints, protecting innocent pets from harm. We are very proud of our successes despite having half a kennel, housing less dogs than we normally would – it just goes to show that with the support of the community, the staff and volunteers and people choosing to adopt rather than shop really makes a he impact on the world. We couldn’t have done it without your amazing support.
We started off strong in 2019 with 51 adoptions on New Year’s Day – that’s already 51 pets that have found forever homes. We know we will have another great year and are looking forward to it.
Adopting a new pet in the New Year is something you should consider if you haven’t already, or even if you have – consider adding another! Studies have shown that some of the happiest people in the world are ones who share the love of a pet. There is no love like it out there, take it from us! If you have not already decided on your New Year’s resolution, consider making it to adopt. The best way to give back is to help those who cannot help themselves. If you are not in a place to adopt, consider volunteering, donating (supplies or monetary) or even spreading the word about adoption.
January is National Train Your Dog Month and National Walk Your Pet Month. If you come adopt in January to start off the New Year, we have lots of great training classes and resources to help you and your dog create a dog-to-owner bond. Some of the classes include:
Train Your Dog Seminar on January 26 with Laura Harrington of Canine Communication. In this three-hour course at our Center, you will learn the basic steps to training your dog and the five different ways to get the behavior you want. We'll have demonstrations with dogs and identify how to know which teaching commands to use to help behavior issues.
Puppy Socialization, which is puppy classes for puppies aged 8-25 weeks. In this 6-session class, your puppy will play with other puppies and you will learn about puppy behavior and training. Classes are held on Friday evenings, and, beginning in February, Tuesday evenings, at our Center. Class fee is $125 and supports the lifesaving operations at PAC.
Basic Obedience Training with Michelle Frumento, CPDT-KSA, CNWI, of Your Mannerly Mutt, Inc. She hosts an intimate class with force-free, positive methods. Skills learned in this 4-week class include basic commands and loose-leash walking. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 12-1pm at our Center, and, beginning in February, on Saturday mornings. Dogs must be at least 6 months old. Price ranges from $100-$150 depending on the day of the class.
Impulse Control Class: This class is for dogs aged 6+ months whose owners are looking to teach them how to wait, stay and calm energetic behaviors. This 4-week class is a $150 fee and will be held on Saturday afternoons in February.
Private Consultations to help you through any behavior or training challenge you may be having with your pooch.
To learn more about any of our low-cost behavior training options, email BehaviorServices@ProvidenceAC.org.
Whatever you do, make sure you are taking the right steps to having the best life with your pet.
Happy New year from all of us at Providence Animal Center!