We LOVE the shelter system! Surprise you? Well, we challenge you to look at the shelter system in a different light. No, not all shelters are well funded, or have administration in place to ensure the welfare of the animals they house. BUT, for millions of homeless dogs around the country, sometimes a shelter is the BEST place for a dog to find their new home. Think about it – where else can a well-balanced dog be that visible to potential adopters? Many shelters are adopting Shelter Enrichment programs, including enhanced cleaning protocols, bedding, physical stimulation, mental stimulation, training, olfactory enrichment, and more! We LOVE being a part of this process with shelters, and ensuring they have the supplies and training they need to succeed at keeping the dogs they house happy, healthy and enriched.
In the coming months, we will be launching a more intensive behavior and training program at a partner shelter utilizing APDT’s Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program – please stay tuned!
PAST ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES
 200 Nylabone Giveaway
Thanks to an EXTREMELY generous donation from our friends at Nylabone, we had the amazing opportunity to provide life-saving enrichment supplies to 200 dogs that need them the most.
In January 2015, 100 chained/backyard dogs in Detroit received a Dura-Chew Nylabone to help them stay mentally enriched and stimulated while passing their time outdoors. Thank you C.H.A.I.N.E.D., Inc. for allowing us to participate in your beautifully organized January ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’, and provide Nylabones for the dogs in your program!
In March 2015, 100 shelter dogs at Macomb County Animal Control received peanut butter slathered Nylabones to keep them happy and busy in their kennels! The best part is, 100 Nylabones can easily provide enrichment for hundreds of dogs in a shelter setting, as they can be sanitized and last a very long time. Thank you Macomb County Animal Control for allowing us to spend the morning with your amazing dogs (and staff) – we’re sure this experience brought us as much joy as it did the dogs!
Thank you Nylabone, C.H.A.I.N.E.D., Inc. and Macomb County Animal Control!
 Thanksgiving Dinner Initiative
In November 2014, we embarked on a mission to provide a delicious Thanksgiving dinner to as many homeless and backyard dogs as possible. Through generous donations from our Amazon Wishlist, suppliers, retailers and more, we were able to provide the following:
– 35 Kongs and 75 meals to the dogs at Macomb County Animal Control (and sausages!)
– 8 cases of wet food, 45 pouches of wet puppy food, 45 bags of dry puppy food to the 24-7 backyard dogs in C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc’s outreach program.
– 500 ‘gift bags’ to Michigan Humane Society’s community outreach dogs, including a can of food, sample pack of dry food, Pedigree DentaStix and FREE spay/neuter voucher.
Thank you to Pedigree for 600 DentaStix, Pet Supplies Plus of Novi and Royal Oak for over 700 food samples, and all who donated to this feel-good initiative, and to Macomb County Animal Control, C.H.A.I.N.E.D., Inc., and Michigan Humane Society for partnering with us!
 Project Blue Collar + Jolly Pets + Bark Nation: Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month Toy Giveaway
In October of 2014, we teamed up with the amazing Project Blue Collar and Jolly Pets for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month to supply over 100 life-saving Jolly Balls to Detroit Area Shelters! Every PBC purchase made that month triggered a Jolly Pets toy donation to be donated. Benefitting shelters included Macomb County Animal Control, River Rouge Animal Shelter, Almost Home No-Kill Shelter, a *top secret* shelter, and Bark Nation! And HOLY COW did the dogs have a blast with their new life-saving and enriching toys.
Thank you Project Blue Collar and Jolly Pets!