Shelters should not be jails for animals. We believe they can be healthy, happy places where animals receive physical and mental stimulation as well as medical care and healthy nutrition. We would like to formalize our program and enhance our facility to more actively address the mental and physical activity needs of every animal that spends time with us. We plan to develop areas in and out of doors where each animal receives stimulation and training appropriate to their situation. Many animals come to the shelter because their owners have neither the time or the knowledge to prevent or address many negative behaviors, such as digging, excessive barking, escaping the yard or house, and inappropriate chewing to name a few. In order for the animal to be successfully re-homed both the animal and the potential owner need "retraining". We don't want our animals to leave us only to find themselves in another home that doesn't understand or is unable to meet their needs. These measures take staff time and training and the appropriate space to work and play. With your help we can make all our animals as happy as yours.