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Give a Dog a Bone at Peninsula Humane Society, 2014-2015

Under the leadership of Katie Dineen, Vice President, Veterinary & Animal Care Services, and Maria Eguren, Director, Animal Training & Behavior, Give a Dog a Bone partnered with Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) to train volunteers on enrichment techniques focused on the dogs most in need — dogs, for a variety of reasons, who cannot yet leave their kennels or be handled outside of their kennels.

Corinne Dowling, our Chief Enrichment Officer, worked with a super-experienced, talented group of PHS volunteers to enhance their enrichment program for shelter dogs. The work included:

  • Mental stimulation via training and behavior modification
  • Olfaction exercises
  • Opportunities for dissection and chewing
  • Touch, companionship and affection

For a look at our work in photos, check out our Gallery “Give a Dog a Bone in Action at Peninsula Humane Society.”

Peninsula Humane is an open-door shelter, helping and re-homing approximately 200 animals every month. In addition, PHS rehabilitates wildlife, offers free spay/neuter services to low- or fixed-income residents, educates children, and investigates animal cruelty. For more information on PHS, please go to http://www.peninsulahumanesociety.org/

A Message from GADAB Founder Corinne Dowling

Corinne Dowling and PuppyAs the Founder of Give a Dog a Bone, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Give a Dog a Bone is realizing our enhanced organizational goal, that of sharing our practices and beliefs with other animal agencies in a format that is readily accessible to all. Fostering awareness about shelter dog needs, then nurturing and sustaining those needs, are the twin hearts of our organization.

Give a Dog a Bone began with a small gem of an idea, giving enrichment to an invisible group of dogs in long term shelter care. We watched them thrive as we tended to their physical, emotional, behavioral, and mental needs. We addressed who they were, with an eye towards their potential, and as we passed along what we were doing from dog to different dog, each day brought a deeper awareness that the protocols we were creating were replicable.

Through doing the work, we came to understand that these dogs were not alone in their need for more – more variety to their long days, more training to enhance adoptability, more care and attention being given to their specific canine needs. We now have the capability to reach inestimable at-risk dogs at other local and non-local groups and shelters. We will be working directly with those agencies as we continue to develop enrichment tools to reach all animal organizations.

While we have informally shared GADAB with shelters from all over the country who have sought a better life for their own sheltered canines, we look forward to the day when enrichment is not considered enrichment, but rather simply the norm of how shelter dogs live. Visualizing that possibility is exhilarating.

I fully support and embrace the expanded, vital model that I envision Give a Dog a Bone providing to the shelter world!