One of the most at-risk populations in animal shelters are large dogs. In communities big and small, urban and rural, large dogs struggle to make it out alive most often due to behavioral issues. Whether they came into the shelter with these behaviors or not, time in a shelter environment is stressful. Stress can lead to undesirable behaviors; undesirable behaviors mean longer stays in the shelter, and more time in the shelter can lead to more stress. Enter our Unicorn Foster Squad Program, which provides the emotional, educational and technical support needed to foster a dog with behavioral challenges.
Recently, our Adoption and Foster Manager, Brittany Fleming had a conversation with Best Friends Animal Society on how we are helping other animal welfare organizations across the country assemble their own life-saving foster program thanks to support from the Rachael Ray Foundation.