Are you ready to get more involved and spend some time with dogs at the shelter, but aren’t quite ready to handle dogs directly yet? Photographing dogs, spending time with shy dogs in their kennels, and giving enrichment toys all help dogs in a hands-off way. Work with dogs in kennels at the animal shelter … Continue reading Hands off volunteering at the animal shelter
If you can't get to the shelter you can still help. Here are some things that you can do from home that will make a huge difference in the lives of the dogs in your community. Donate or fundraise for shelter dogs Two things that all animal rescues are always in need of are money … Continue reading Volunteer from Home
Have you ever thought about taking a shelter dog out for the day, for the weekend, or as a short-term foster, but felt horrible at the thought of having to bring them back to the shelter? If so, you're not alone. Many volunteers and potential fosters hesitate to take a dog out of the shelter … Continue reading Research proves that dog day outs really do benefit shelter dogs
If you love dogs and live in Alachua County, then you are really missing out if you aren't volunteering with Alachua County Animal Services. We are so lucky to have an animal services that is devoted to the welfare of their animals and allows as much volunteer involvement as possible. Unlike private rescues who take … Continue reading If you’re not volunteering… you’re missing out!
Time has a way of getting away from me these days. It has been nearly five months since Jazzy and Rasta entered our lives. Rasta was adopted only a couple of weeks later, to a wonderful young couple who adore her. Jazzy’s heartworm diagnosis was too much for the small rescue to handle, and so … Continue reading Foster Dog Jazzy’s Heartworm Treatment
How much exercise and socialization does a young, high-energy dog need? Watching the dogs play at Walton Rocks Dog Beach in Hutchinson Island, Florida, was a great reminder of just how much energy these dogs have. One owner remarked that her dog could easily play fetch for four hours in the surf and sand. That … Continue reading Socialization and Exercise at the Dog Beach
Dog day outs are one of my favorite programs at Alachua County Animal Services. Dogs get a chance to stretch their legs, socialize, and decompress. Volunteers get to enjoy a day with a dog without any commitment. This can be a perfect way for volunteers who are unsure about fostering or spending time at the … Continue reading Dog Seatbelts Donated to Alachua County Animal Services
Rasta has been fostered, perhaps to adopt! This wonderful couple fell in love with her at the Farmer's Market. A dog like Rasta could easily have been overlooked in a crowded shelter, but on an outing, she shone. Since I'd been fostering her, I could continue to discuss her behavior and care as they became … Continue reading Rasta Fostered!
Monday 8/26/19 I am apprehensive as we prepare to go to the vet. I am worried that the dogs will have an imporant medical concern. I leave a little early so that I can take the half-hour drive out to Archer slowly. Jazzy jumps nimbly into the car, while Rasta gives me a look that … Continue reading Jazzy and Rasta Go to the Vet