In February 2014, Animals for Adoption (AFA) began a powerful collaboration with Green Chimneys (GC) through its groundbreaking Dog Interaction Program. GC is a residential/day school designed for students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional educational setting and who require a highly structured and supportive program. The dogs, primarily strays or abandoned, are transported from Arkansas, vetted and spayed/neutered at AFA’s expense, then transferred to GC to begin a 6-week residential program in which they are socialized each day by the students and teachers. So far over 30 dogs have participated in the program, all of whom were subsequently placed in adoptive homes. This is a program that saves dogs’ lives by training them to be adoption-ready and providing the exposure and outreach to connect to prospective adopters, while giving children the opportunity to make the transformation from service receivers to service providers. AFA is seeking funding toward the transportation and veterinary expenses of this life-saving program.
Meet soulful Rodney, who found his way to a shelter in Arkansas before we transported him here. We knew that though he suffered from painfully damaged knees, not even allowing him to sit, and a tormenting skin condition requiring months of expensive medical treatment, he would be an ideal candidate for Green Chimneys. We arranged for successful orthopedic surgery and Rodney aced the Green Chimneys program, helping many children along the way. He was adopted by a Green Chimneys staffer and today he's a campus dog reaching out to countless children and adults as an ambassador of persistence and success.
When 7-year-old Chloe, who was tied to a tree most of her life, found our shelter she was nearly blind from neglect of a congenital eye condition that now required costly surgery. We got her the surgery and she's recovering nicely but her vision will be permanently impaired.
You can help us save hundreds of dogs like Rodney and Chloe with your donation - it doesn't take much. Just think, $25 could buy food for a week, $50 basic vaccinations, heartworm testing and flea, tick and heartworm prevention, and $100 brings an abandoned dog to us from Arkansas. Larger donations empower us to do even more, like address serious medical conditions and provide a better quality of life for our shelter dogs. Please, press the donate button and give what you can. Our dogs and the children at Green Chimneys will love you for it.