Guarders of the Galaxy: How to Detect and Manage a Guarder

Guarders of the Galaxy: How to Detect and Manage a Guarder

Dogs guarding may seem like an annoyance and can be a dangerous matter if appropriate steps are not taken. If you adopt a dog who exhibits guarding, be sure that you can detect the signs and manage the environment. Dogs guard for one specific reason; they want what...
Packer Needs A Foster!

Packer Needs A Foster!

Packer came to us as a stray from another shelter in Upstate New York. This poor guy was wandering the streets until he found himself a nice, cozy Fedex truck to make into a home. After climbing aboard, he was nicknamed Fed and taken to another rescue who asked us to...
Sunshine In His Eyes

Sunshine In His Eyes

This is the story of a dog named Teddy. Teddy (aka Theodore) came to ACS in January of one of the coldest years in my memory. He had spent 7 years on a chain. He had never been a house dog, never really a part of someone’s family. When he came in, he was thin and...
For the Love of Bacon

For the Love of Bacon

What is it about dogs that makes us so willing to offer up our hearts, knowing that sooner or later (and always sooner than we would like) they will shatter that heart? There is just something about a dog that awakens a part of our soul that we keep buried beneath the...
Sleepovers- For Dogs, Too?

Sleepovers- For Dogs, Too?

The shelter environment can be stressful. It is loud, there are lots of strange people, and a bunch of scared animals waiting for their forever homes. The same scary things go on day after day and some animals just can’t get comfortable in their surroundings. The...

Shelter Stress

So—Stress Awareness Day. A day when your Facebook feed fills up with heartfelt statuses, testimonies of conquered and ongoing stress, and memes about life, stress, and coping mechanisms. In the spirit of this day, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on stress and coping...