Our programs are groundbreaking, reach into neighborhoods left out of most animal welfare equations, to educate residents, do outreach, with the ultimate goal of stopping abuse, neglect, making responsible pet ownership a trend, and ending the flooding of dogs into the shelters and who then, rarely make it out the front door. The Inner Pup knows the only way to change the reaction is to change the action: we are targeting the people who need animal welfare education the most; to learn that leaving litters on the doorstep of rescues isn’t solving anything, and that the status quo is not where we need to be.
We run two main preventative programs:
Monthly Community Clinic focused on Heartworm Disease in a community where roughly 80% of dogs are HW positive. What transpires in New Orleans occurs all over the region, predictable high shelter intake and poor prevention strategies in low income neighborhoods. The majority of dogs who enter the shelter system come from higher HW+ neighborhoods so our clinics reach an audience that needs our help the most.
Our second program is our pilot Canine Education Course. This May, we taught a 3 week course to 25 7th graders in a representative low-income neighborhood of New Orleans. We taught compassion, showed kids that "whooping their dog with a newspaper" isn’t a solution. We demonstrated mutual respect, how to build a relationship with dogs, how to read the behavior of dogs. We did 3 shelter field trips, focused on breeds and AKC standards, and spent an entire session on pitfalls and fighting.
Help us expand deeper into New Orleans neighborhoods. More classrooms. More Education. More clinics. More clients.
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